Hillersden – Pinot Gris 2016

At Hillersden, we want to be known for expressively aromatic and richly textured but dry Pinot Gris, probably the most exciting aromatic varietal for us, and 2016 is a fantastic example.

Pinot Gris notes of poached pear, ripe cantaloupe, white peach, and nectarine show a wine of true distinction and class for Marlborough. The light pink, orange hue is classic Pinot Gris, denoting the extra polyphenols present in the grape skins. The cooler microclimate lends fresh flavours of lemon and apple to compliment the creamy pear roundness and hint of spice on the finish. A truly exquisite glass of wine.

The free-draining lower terrace of Hillersden provides an ideal place for growing concentrated Pinot Gris. The eight-year-old vines are at the perfect maturity to produce a beautiful, balanced crop. We have pruned each vine down to two canes to accommodate that potential. The colder nights in the Upper Wairau Valley preserve acidity while sunny days bring ripe fruits, body, and spice. Additional heat reflected off the fist-sized stones that line the vineyard rows mean a richly scented wine, deep flavours, texture and acid balance.

Our Pinot Gris was harvested one cool evening in April. A short trip to the winery allowed just enough skin contact to draw out flavours, aromas, and phenolics leaving the final wine with a light, golden pink hue. The fruit was gently pressed then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeast strains. The wine was then matured on light yeast lees to build a refined texture and full palate to compliment the unique Pinot Gris aromas.

Alc – 13.5%    •    T.A. – 6.4g/L    •    pH – 3.35    •    R.S. – 5.0g/L

Silver Medal, TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2017
Silver Medal, Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition 2017