“Mild weather over-flowering, followed by a very warm and dry growing season produced some fantastic wines from the 2008 vintage. The Brancott South Island Pinot Grigio is testament to this with expressive varietal character, intensity and balance.”Peter Hurlstone, Winemaker
Pale straw in colour the wine exhibits aromas of fresh pear, hints of tropical fruit and subtle spice highlights. These characters follow through onto the palate where they are combined with ripe, citrus flavours and an enveloping texture. The palate is lingering and culminates with natural sweetness and balanced acidity.
Wine Maker Notes
The grapes were harvested from late March through to mid April. Following desteming and crushing the grapes were gently bag pressed and the resulging juice cold settled for a period of 24 hours. Following settling the clear juice was rached and cool fermented to retain the maximum amount of aromatics. A small percentage of the blend was stop fermented and used to give the finished blend the optimal balance of natural sweetness. The wines were left on light lees for three months during which time they were stirred weekly to further enhance palate texture.
Whilst enjoyed young this wine will cellar gracefully for up to 3 years. Serve lightly chilled.
This classic, easy drinking Pinot Grigio is ideally suited to a wide range of dishes including baked seasonal fish, Caesar style chicken salads and lightly spiced Asian cuisine.