Tasting Notes

Morepork Pinot Gris 2017 Morepork Vineyard Northland Pinot Gris 2017 was included in Michael Cooper’s “The Country’s 25 Best Pinot Gris.” article in NZ Listener, 21- 27 October 2017 pages 42-43.


“Delightfully fruited and elegantly fragrant, the attractive bouquet shows white stone fruit, fresh pear, green rockmelon and floral characters with a hint of spicy complexity. The palate is succulent and beautifully rounded, and offers pristine fruit flavours and silky texture, wonderfully complemented by juicy acidity. A consistently excellent offering from a single vineyard in Kerikeri.”
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit  *****

“Estate-grown and hand-picked at a small, single variety vineyard in Kerikeri, this is delicious from the start. Attractively scented, it is full-bodied (13.5% al/vol) and dryish, with vibrant pear and lychee flavours, showing very good varietal character and depth.”
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide  ****

“…bright pale straw yellow, a very elegant nose, clear fruit expression and has delicacy and purity. This is a dry Pinot Gris, with delicate flavours of stone fruits, florals and honeysuckle with a smooth finish.”
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews  ****

Vines were planted 2007, 2008 and 2010 with a total area of less than one hectare. The 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 bunch per shoot to ensure even ripening. Any sub-standard or under ripe fruit is dropped prior to harvest.

Wine Making
The grapes are gently handpicked and then whole bunch pressed. The wine is 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.

Technical Information
Clone Barrie on 101.14 rootstock
Soil Friable volcanic loam
Harvested 7 March 2017 at 22.0 Brix
Wine Analysis 3.34pH, 6.32 g/l, TA 13.5% Alc., 5.0 g/l RS
Production 205 Dozen bottles

Morepork Vineyard Vines