Morepork Vineyard Pinot Gris 2019 – Northland
"Fabulously fruited and instantly appealing, the wine shows yellow peach, poached pear, rockmelon and rich floral aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is succulent and fleshy. It is up front and flavoursome with terrific fruit intensity, finishing long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2022."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit *****
Vines were planted 2007, 2008 and 2010 with a total area of less than one hectare. Vines are grown on 2 cane V.S.P. trellis system.
A lot of attention to detail in the vineyard doing shoot thinning, fruit thinning and leaf plucking helps improve the fruit quality. Crop level is reduced to one or two bunches per shoot to ensure even ripening. Any sub-standard or under ripe fruit is dropped prior to harvest.
The grapes are gently handpicked and then whole bunch pressed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks for five months. The wine is made by Rod MacIvor at Marsden Estate Winery in Kerikeri and bottled at Pleasant Valley Wines in Henderson.
|Clone||Barrie on 101.14 rootstock|
|Soil||Friable volcanic loam|
|Harvested||28 February 2019 at 21.6 Brix|
|Wine Analysis||3.37pH, TA 7.09, 13.4%Alc. 5.0g/l RS.|