2018 Wood Loop Road Pinot Gris

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2018 WOOD LOOP ROAD PINOT GRIS

Juicy & fresh

TASTING NOTES

Mid-straw with a bright clarity

Subtle fruit aromas include pear and apple, perhaps pineapple. A hint of spice in the background.

Medium bodied with a juicy, fresh acidity. The pear and peach flavours come through with a warming alcohol and drying finish.

1-4 years

Chilled

Suitable with smoked salmon dishes, mushrooms and quiches, as well as poultry.

VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING

Dan Manuge, Sea Level Vineyard
Coastal Highway, Mariri Nelson, New Zealand


Alcohol: 13.0%
Residual Sugar: 4.0g/L
pH: 3.38
Titratable Acidity: 7.2g/L

VITICULTURE

Budburst was slightly earlier than normal and the weather slightly warmer than average. The early part of the season was notable for no frost events. In November, the weather became dry and the timing of the season returned to the long term average with some cooler days. Hot, dry weather in early December, resulted in a very good fruit set, and a rapid advancement in vine growth. The remainder of December and January were very hot. February was wetter with two ex-tropical cyclones adding some disease pressure. However, in March and April, the region was exposed to perfect late season ripening conditions of warm, sunny days and cool nights, resulting in intense fruit flavours.

Gravel-threaded Moutere clay
Standard vertical trellis
17th March, 2018

WINEMAKING

The fruit was machine harvested in cool morning conditions then immediately de-stemmed and pressed. The juice was cold settled and cool fermented with selected yeast strains to aid texture and the fruit’s inherent aromatics. The entire fermentation was carried out in stainless steel.