|Analysis at Bottling||
3.47 pH, 5.0 g/l Residual Sugar, 6.0 g/l Total Acid
Stoney Range Pinot Gris
Aromas of poached pear and spicy complexity lead through to the palate which adds honeysuckle and nashi pearin the finish. The palate is light bodied, but oily with soft drying phenolics lengthening the wine to a lingering sweet finish.
This wine pairs wonderfully with lightly spiced Asian dishes.
The fruit was harvested mid April in excellent condition. A number of treatments on the fruit followed – whole bunch fermentation, extended skin contact, indigenous fermentation and barrel fermentation. The wines were then blended together prior to bottling. The 2017 Pinot Gris was blended with a very small amount of Riesling to fill the mid palate and give sweet, fruit generosity to the wine.
The 2017 vintage had low heat accumulation but the usual vine hang time for the fruit allowing for fruit flavour development. In general the fruit was harvested with slightly lower sugar and higher acid resulting in wine with slightly lower alcohol. The finished wine is delicate displaying fine fruit flavours and bright acidity.
The Stoney Range 2017 Pinot Gris was produced from grapes grown on our Pilgrim, Terraces, Georges Road and Stirling vineyards in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury.