Supple and ripe with intense pear, quince and tropical fruit flavours, this wine is soft and full bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel supported by a mineral backbone and a long lingering aftertaste.
Location: 45 Degrees South
Pinot Gris grapes for this wine were grown at
Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in
Lowburn, near Cromwell.
Climate: a long warm autumn with hot dry days
and cool nights allowed and extended ripening of
fruits still holding good acidity.
Soils: fluvial, glacial silts and gravels
Vine Age: 7-11 year old vine on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were hand harvested and then whole bunch pressed to minimise extraction of skin phenolics and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees stirring to increase the mouthfeel of this late harvest Pinot Gris only fully botrytised bunches with Noble Rot were selected.
Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 19 g/L
Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010
4 Stars Michael Cooper Winestate