Esk Valley Black Label Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2008
This is a full-bodied but drier style of Pinot Gris. Barrel fermentation has provided the wine with richness but without oak characters and the early picked sites have provided fresh, natural acidity to the finished blend. Aromatics and flavours of stone fruits and pears dominate with a hint of spice providing complexity.
Region: Hawkes Bay
Variety: Pinot Gris
Producer: Esk Valley Estate Ltd
Winemaker Notes: All fruit was handpicked and whole cluster pressed. Early picks from the Barbar and Kaybay vineyards in the Esk Valley provided acidity and freshness to the finished wine, while later picks provided body and aromatics. The late pick from the Barbar vineyard had a high proportion of noble rot and this has given the finished wine complexity and richness. The individual vineyard parcels were fermented in a mix of old oak and tank and with both wild and cultured yeasts.
Viticulture Notes: This wine utilises fruit from a variety of Hawkes Bay vineyard sites. The Kaybay and Barbar vineyards in the Esk Valley in the north of the Bay are planted on river silts, as is the Johnson Vineyard on the banks of the Tutaekuri River. The Keltern Vineyard at Maraekakaho is situated on a shingle river terrace of the Ngaruroro River. All the vineyards are trained on a VSP trellising system and are intensively managed to provide ripe fruit at low yields.
Alcohol: 13.6 %
Residual Sugar: 8.4g/l
Total Acidity: 5.85g/l