VARIETY 100% Pinot Gris.
VITICULTURE Caned pruned fruit-thinned vines with vertical shoot positioned canopies are closely planted to 2,500 vines per hectare. The terraced vineyard is situated alongside the eastern banks of the Waihopai River and consists of glacial formed complex soils with less fertility and uniformity than those of the main Wairau Valley.
WINEMAKING The Kings Thorn is made from select low yielding portions of our Waihopai River vineyard. The fruit was picked over a 12 day period to capture the full spectrum of varietal character. Ten per cent of the wine is fermented in 500L French oak puncheons to build additional richness and weight in the final blend.
ANALYSIS pH 3.52 T.A 4.9g/l Alcohol 14.0% Residual sugar 6.5g/l
COLOUR Pale gold, with orange highlights.
AROMA Heady scents of guava and white peach provide ripe, top note fruit accents over a signature baseline of lightly spiced, poached pear aroma.
PALATE A lush, silken mouthful of spice laden pipfruit flavour, held neatly in check by a delicate acid freshness and a firm back bone of ultra long, super fine fruit tannin.
FOOD MATCH A versatile wine to match with a broad range of food styles; the 2014 Kings Thorn would work especially well with whitebait patties, served warm, straight from the pan between two pieces of lightly buttered white bread.
CELLARING POTENTIAL 2-5 Years.