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Stellar Pinot Gris, fruit filled with ripe pear and nectarine flavours – delicious & sumptuous.
Grape Varieties: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Country: New Zealand
Style: Rich, fruity
Drink By: 2014
IWSC: Best New Zealand Winery 2011 (Marisco Vineyards)
This wonderfully grown and made Pinot Gris displays the texture and balance of a wine that is extremely focused and precise.
Medium Straw colour, on the nose nashi pear and rose petal with hints of roasted almonds as well as Turkish delight with lovely hints of musky spice.
On the palate a hint of vanilla pod flavour is supported by a beautiful pear drop character, lifted by hints of white rose. The Waihopai Valley has yet again cemented the superior growing conditions this variety loves.
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) reviewing the 2010 Thorn Pinot Gris: "A stunning expression of the variety showing all the likeable flavours of stonefruit, pear and spice together with palate - pleasing rich texture and intensity leading to a refreshing finish. The wine is beautifully framed and most appealling."
The cooler average flowering period meant a slow start for the 2010 Pinot Gris. This was quickly remedied by one of the longest, driest growing seasons on record, which allowed the vines to truly express their full potential. A classic Pinot Gris vintage.
Cold fermented in stainless steel tanks with carefully selected yeast strains. 10% barrel fermentation in French Oak Puncheons.
In 1155, regardless of the de Mariscos' possession of Lundy, King Henry the Second, for political reasons, gifted the popular Order of the Knights Templar.However, the de Mariscos refused to relinquish it and were fined for not doing so. They remained a constant thorn in the King's side, retaining possession of the island for nearly 90 years.It was finally forfeited to the crown in 1242 following the execution of one William de Marisco for piracy and his alleged involvment in a treasonous plot against King Henry the Third.
Winemaker: Brent Marris
91 points: Bob Campbell (2009 vintage)
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