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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Greywacke Pinot Gris
89POINTS
16¼/20

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2016

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandGentle pressing has provided this lovely creamy, gentle, alluring mouthfeel, which this is built around. Fruit is sourced from sites in the Brancott Valley and in Rapaura. Two-thirds of this was native fermented in older oak, with the remainder in stainless for brightness. Fresh pear, spice, lemon, wild roses intermingle through the comfortable finish. With a gentle rise of RS, this expressive, Alsatian-esque gris is for weightier dishes. Much of the fruit for this wine is from the Selection Ovaille and Mission clones grown at Wrekin Terrace Vineyard in the Brancott Valley, a valley floor site on gravelly clay-loam soils typical of the Southern Valleys. A smaller parcel of the newly released Entav 52 clone (known for its small bunch and berry size) was grown at Riverbrook Vineyard in Rapaura, in young alluvial soils containing high proportions of greywacke river stones. The vines were trained on a two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis and crop thinning is carried out to target a modest yield of 7.5 T/HaTasted: 26 October 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 private wine shops Producer: GreywackeDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Varietal: Pinot Gris/Pinot GrigioCSPC: 285965UPC: 009421901925314