Kono - PINOT GRIS
If you like Matua or Squealing Pig Pinot Gris, you will love this!
A bright pale gold hue in the glass with just a hint of bronzing at the edges, our Kono Pinot Gris is a fruit driven and full expression of the variety. Characterised by pear-drop, red apple and touches of spice, the concentrated fruit flavours are finely balanced with soft acidity and a touch of refined phenolics leading to a luscious persistent finish.
Grapes for this wine are gently pressed in the winery to obtain pure, clean juice with the harder pressings kept separate and allowed to oxidise; allowing the harsh phenolics to soften before being combined with the free run juice. The settled juice is then racked into stainless steel tanks for inoculation with yeasts that have been carefully selected for their aromatic properties. Fermentation is carried out at cool temperatures of around 10-13°C to help preserve the fruity characters and freshness of the wine. Post ferment the wines are held on lees for an extended period to help build texture before being stabilised and filtered (without the need for fining) - ready for bottling in late August 2018.
This Pinot Gris is sourced from our sunning Whenua Matua vineyard in the
Nelson region of New Zealand. The 2017/2018 growing season in Nelson began with very warm and dry conditions, enabling excellent flowering and fruit-set in the vines. Much needed rain fell in mid to late January, however, the much heavier rain that fell between February and March provided challenges for the vineyard team – with record levels seen over the first three months of the year. Meticulous canopy management in the period leading up to harvest combined with the excellent early season conditions meant that exceptional flavours were seen in the grapes when harvested, with overall yields down on previous years.