Astrolabe Pinot Gris 2020

$22.99

A Pinot Gris that prides itself on its serious side.

"Aromas of citrus peel, poached pear and peach with light spice. This is a pure, crisp and dry wine with a fine minerality and delicacy of structure. Pear, quince and peach flavours dominate.

For my Marlborough Pinot Gris, I blend from sites across a wide range of the Marlborough winegrowing region. My blend centres on north and south bank Awatere, with fruit from the Wairau Valley and Kekerengu Coast complementing the intensely aromatic Awatere core. When crafting my blend, I pay close attention to the fill-in and layering of the different flavour spectrums and aromas.

I try to capture the sense of lovely poached pears, light stone fruit and bright red apple and follow through with a dry, mineral finish. Most of the grapes are hand-picked and delicately whole cluster pressed to add fine texture, weight and minerality. We machine harvest the balance of fruit at night to retain as much fruit freshness as possible. I use the most delicate press cycle to avoid the extraction of harsh phenolics and to retain fruit purity. The hand-picked portion is fermented on solids to add a delicate texture and enhance the spicy notes on the nose. The palate weight comes exclusively from the high solids ferment and fruit concentration." Winery


“Fresh and fruity with aromas of fragrant spices, ripe green and brown pear, apples and sweet lemon. Dry on the palate with a core of fruit showcasing lemon and apple then pear and spice. Plenty of acidity and finely textured mouthfeel round out the wine adding length and complexity. Well made and ready to enjoy upon purchase and through 2023.” MAR 21, 92 POINTS. Cameron Douglas