Marlborough Pinot Gris has grown strongly in popularity over the last few years, although there is no distinctive style as found with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Allan Scott Family Winemakers aim to achieve varietal fruit flavour, the fruit picked at the optimum moment to retain its natural acidity and ripe phenolics, avoiding a hot high alcohol finish from over ripe fruit
VITICULTURE Pinot Gris, like its close relative Pinot Noir, is very labour intensive in the vineyard. Two cane pruning, bunch reduction, leaf plucking and shoot thinning are just some of the vineyard practices required to ensure an intensely flavoured crop. A great start to spring with hot dry temperatures led to favourable flowering conditions. The hot dry summer meant the fruit was picked at peak ripeness to maximize both natural acidity and flavour concentration.
WINEMAKING The grapes were partially crushed and had a short period of juice/skin contact to allow maximum extraction of aromatics. Following light pressing, the juice was cold settled and the partially clarified juice transferred to stainless steel tanks for cool fermentation.
DESCRIPTION This Marlborough Pinot Gris has delicate hints of ripe pear and apricots. On the palate this wine is soft and moreish and the fruit carries right through to the finish. An off-dry style which finishes clean and crisp.
SERVING SUGGESTION Serve this versatile wine as an aperitif with a platter of hard cheeses, with fish, or stone fruit desserts.