Cloudy Bay Pinot Gris 2014
WineryCloudy Bay
Fruit Pinot Grigio
Regions Wairau Valley
  New Zealand
Each $31.99
Currently out of stock
Cloudy Bay's Pinot Gris began life as a handful of vine plantings sourced from a French nursery in the mid 1990s. The cuttings were painstakingly propagated by the Cloudy Bay nursery crew and gradually planted out over three years at the estate's Mustang Vineyard. The impatient winemakers stood by, eagerly awaiting their first crop, harvested in 2004, it yielded a single barrel of wine. The style today is a profound expression of Pinot Gris, effusive with aromas of mandarin and pear, abundant flavour, fine texture and a gentle touch of residual sweetness.
Pinot Gris is hand picked at optimum flavour over a range of ripeness levels, off vines grown on a two cane vertical shoot positioned trellis in Brancott Valley. Parcels from the Renwick sub regions of Wairau Valley are included for texture and complexity. Brancott soils are predominantly aged alluvial loams containing some clay, whilst Renwick has youthful free draining alluvials. Fruit is loaded directly into press and gently pressed using a long, slow press cycle. After two days of cold settling, juices are racked to a mixture of old French oak barrels and small fermenters. Upon completion, batches are filled to oak barrel for maturation, regularly stirred to build palate weight and add texture.
Pale peach yellow hue. Bouquet fills the senses with white florals, honeysuckle and ripe nashi pear. The fresh, textured palate is mouthfilling with flavours of prickly pear and baked apple, offering light citrus tones as well as flavours of quince, almond meal and a subtle hint of spice which lingers on the persistent, off dry finish.
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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Western Australia's Cape Mentelle, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Mo√ęt Hennessy Wine Division
Cloudy Bay farms 200 hectares of vines at three carefully selected sites. Vineyards planted in 1986 surround the winery in the Wairau Valley at Rapaura, with additional plantings at nearby Renwick and in the Brancott & Omaka Valley's, in the southern foothills. Five long term contract growers also work closely with Cloudy Bay. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of riesling and gewurztraminer. Cloudy Bay»