Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Vintage: 2016 Colour:White Style:Dry
Producer: Kim Crawford Estate
Predominantly from the estate owned 'Favourite' vineyard on the north bank of the Lower Awatere. The 'Favourite' consistently provides Pinot Gris with lively pear and quince flavours with crisp acidity. Supplemented with grapes showing riper pear flavours from grower vineyards in the Central and Lower Wairau, and a small percentage of spicy Gewurztraminer from the coastal 'Rarangi' vineyard.
A chilly start to spring, followed by borderline drought conditions then much-needed rain, sparked a wave of simultaneous ripening across the vineyards. This meant an irregular picking pattern for the viticulture team and shortened intake windows for the wineries. So those who managed timing and capacity were well rewarded in 2016. Marlborough quantities were 39% up on the small 2015 vintage, but there was no drop in flavour concentration.
The grapes were harvested, crushed, and direct pressed with minimal skin contact. The clarified juice was then cool fermented to optimise varietal expression, flavour and intensity. There was no oak contact. A number of yeasts were used to ensure purity of fruit and to retain freshness.
Pale straw in colour. Wonderfully lifted orchard fruit notes of ripe pear and apple, with floral notes and hints of clove. The palate is ripe and rich, with a pleasant viscosity. The wine is well balanced, with a touch of fruit sweetness on the crisp finish.