If Sauvignon Blanc is designed in the vineyard, then the converse is true with Pinot Gris.
For Jules it’s a grape where you can use different techniques and methods each year, evolving the techniques and trying something a little different. The pleasure is in the not knowing what each vintage is going to bring.
A bright & lively yellow straw coloured wine that is showing aromas of honeysuckle, pears and white peaches. Made in a fresh vibrant syle this Pinot Gris has hints of spice, ripe pears and nougat on the palate with added complexity and texture from the partial wild and malolactic fermentations - these characters will continue to develop over time.
Download the Pinot Gris 2012 tasting notes (PDF, 743 KB)
The fruit for this wine was grown in the Awatere and Wairau sub regions of Marlborough and harvested by hand and machine in the cool of the morning in April/May. The fruit was whipped into the winery for fast processing to ensure optimum fruit flavours were retained. The machine harvested portion was fermented with selected commercial yeast strains chosen to enhance the natural fruit flavours of the variety, while the hand harvested portion was whole bunch pressed then fermented with natural yeasts and underwent a full malolactic fermentation.