Moreish? Complex? Delicious? To say that these aren’t words I would typically use to describe a Pinot Gris is a monumental understatement. Yet they are totally valid here. In short, Glover has nailed this wine. The fruit again derives from Mahana’s certified organic, Burke’s Bank vineyard and was harvested a week after the Sauvignon. After destemming and four hours of skin contact the must was pressed, cold settled without any enzyme or SO2 additions, and then racked and left to ferment with natural yeasts. Complex yet tangy and super moreish, this offers juicy, crisp Bosq pear and white floral notes as well as some struck match and cracked wheat notes coming from the solids. In texture and weight it reminded me a little of a good Grüner. Regardless, there is serious class, interest and deliciousness on offer here. A silk purse from a sow’s ear anyone?
“The wine has a clear and bright appearance. It has a yellow straw colour. The nose is quite savoury and restrained. There are chalky characters on the nose along with subtle varietal pear characters. The palate is quite firm and very textural. There is excellent depth and weight through the middle of the palate. There are subtle phenolics driving through to a long dry finish. This wine is, above all, dry and textural. It is an absolute food servant and is designed to enhance cuisine.” Michael Glover, winemaker