Greywacke Pinot Gris Marlborough
TASTING NOTE Whiffs of a virtual cake shop: raspberry lamingtons, strawberry compote and vanilla cream, Turkish delight and candied quince, sticky figs and smoky manuka honey. The palate is silky and sumptuous – an off-dry, textural wine of intense richness, laced with a citrusy, sherbet-like zest.
VITICULTURE Much of the fruit for this wine is from the Selection Ovaille and Mission clones grown at Wrekin Terrace Vineyard in the Brancott Valley, a valley floor site on gravelly clay-loam soils typical of the Southern Valleys. A smaller parcel of the Entav 52 clone (known for its small bunch and berry size) was grown at Riverbrook Vineyard in Rapaura, in young alluvial soils containing high proportions of greywacke river stones. The vineyards are trained on a two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis and crop thinning is carried out to target a modest yield of 7.5 T/Ha.