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Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris


$17.98 per bottle

Variety: Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigio
Brand: Villa Maria
Country: New Zealand
Region: Marlborough
Vintage: 2012
Alc/Vol: 13%
Size: 750ml
Product Code: 1373
Availability: Out of stock
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This wine displays attractive perfumed aromas of fresh ripe pear, white flowers and hints of exotic spice. It has a textural palate dominated by white peach, almond and cinnamon characters, with a delicate underlying acidity creating a lengthy and harmonious finish. 

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Villa Maria Pinot Gris

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION 

The grapes for this wine were grown exclusively in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough where lower yields and natural acid retention are important for this variety. Close attention was paid to vine health and even fruit development as well as crop loading and fruit exposure to optimise fruit flavour. The grapes were harvested in the morning to ensure clean cool fruit was delivered to the winery. The 2012 vintage was cooler than average, with a slow, cool ripening period, concluding with a long, dry and warm autumn. All of these factors contributed to excellent vine vitality, fruit flavour concentration and balance at harvest. 

WINEMAKING 

Utilising both hand picked and a small portion of machine picked fruit, the grapes were gently pressed to provide pure concentrated juice and maintain natural acidity. The juice was lightly settled for 12 hours then transferred to both stainless tank and old oak barriques. Neutral yeasts and cool tank fermentation techniques were used to preserve the fruit purity, in addition to a warmer barrel ferment utilising indigenous yeast for added complexity. Post fermentation, the wine was left on yeast lees for a further three months to help build palate texture and richness. This wine was then blended, lightly fined and filtered to bottle. 

WINEMAKER’S COMMENT 

This wine displays attractive perfumed aromas of fresh ripe pear, white flowers and hints of exotic spice. It has a textural palate dominated by white peach, almond and cinnamon characters, with a delicate underlying acidity creating a lengthy and harmonious finish. 

Enjoy now and until 2015. 

SERVING SUGGESTION 

Pair with lightly spiced Asian cuisine or a fresh summer salad with shredded crab meat. 

--Villa Maria

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