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About This Wine
Single-site Pinot Gris. 5182 is the vineyard number given by BioGro New Zealand following the organic certification of the original vineyard. Anna and Jason Flowerday are passionate about aromatic varieties and particularly those from Alsace so it was only a matter of time until they took on the challenge of Pinot Gris. They replanted a section of the old block at TWR with the Berry-Smith clone (also known as Larkham clone) of Pinot Gris. They chose this particular clone for its low cropping, small bunches and small berries as they felt it would deliver the best quality fruit. The TWR Pinot Gris is Certified Organic.
Wines of Marlborough
Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.
Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.
Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.
Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
The Wine Front – Pinot gris from one of Marlborough’s best and most exciting producers. Also known as SV 5182. Only 465 dozen. Dry. Mouthfeel, richness, spice and length. Excellent pinot gris. Leaves no stone unturned. Heady style in a positive way. Attacks with flavour but maintains the show through a lengthy finish.Highly textural. It’s not oily or indeed overtly oak-influenced but it slides seductively through the mouth, pulp and skins and juice all having a bearing, or seemingly so. It’s alive with fruit perfume on the nose; active with spice on the finish. There’s a steeliness. A smokiness. A crunch of apple. It has a wealth of flavours and scents and yet it maintains a subtlety. It gets better as it rests in the glass too.
James Suckling – An extremely polished style that has effortless flowing shape, plenty of citrus, apple and pear fruit aromas and flavors and a subtle savory twist through the finish. Drink now. Screw cap. 92 points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com November 2017