90 Points (4.5 Star) - Wine Orbit, July 2022, New Zealand
Silver - The New Zealand International Wine Show 2023
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater, Redwood Valley & Rabbit Island Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.8°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2023
pH of Wine: 3.52
T.A of Wine: 8.5g/L
Residual Sugar: 6.3g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
The 2023 Old Coach Road Pinot Gris was harvested from three of our Pinot Gris vineyard blocks. This allows us to take advantage of the various clones and nuances each site offers.
Our Brightwater Vineyard it is situated 15 kilometres from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond Ranges. The ‘soil’ is a combination of rocks and boulders which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth on Nelson’s sun and for ripening the grapes.
The unirrigated Redwood Valley Vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site - the vines range in age from 10 - 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
Our Rabbit Island Vineyards are situated on a wide river flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea which helps moderate temperatures.
We used separate parcels of Pinot Gris from our clay soiled vineyards and stony/silty blocks to blend a complex wine. The wine pulls together fruit from our varying Estate vineyards to make the best our terriors have to offer.
The 2023 Old Coach Road Nelson Pinot Gris has baked pear and crystallised ginger notes shining on the nose and palate. There is generous fruit weight and natural sweetness well balanced alongside gentle acidity leaving lingering flavours.