The 2018 Single Vineyard Pinot Gris is solely sourced from our iconic Seddon vineyard, on the southern bank of the Awatere River. This Pinot Gris is a rich, textural, opulent wine with a creamy palate from spending extended time ageing on yeast lees. Aromas of fresh honeycomb intermingle with juicy summer peaches, the fleshy palate is framed by a soft but balanced acidity with an exotic, unctuous texture.
This single vineyard site is situated on the southern bank of the Awatere River in Marlborough, sheltered from the cooling southern weather patterns, resulting in a warm meso-climate. The loam soils have a distinctive soft clay "papa-rock" base allowing grapes to easily achieve physiological ripeness and fruit concentration in a cool climate region. The vineyard has several terraces gradually gaining in altitude away from the riverbank. The Pinot Gris vines planted at Seddon Vineyard are between 12-17 years old.
The 2018 growing season started with excellent spring weather and a strong flowering period followed by a summer of hot weather with regular rainfall events. The warm temperatures and ample soil moisture meant our harvest started earlier than the previous two vintages whilst the cooler autumn weather helped retain natural acidities as the season progressed.
Hand harvested, whole bunch pressed. 20% natural fermentation in seasoned oak barriques adds texture & complexity, 70% inoculated stainless steel tank fermentation to retain freshness. 4 months on yeast lees.
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