Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015
The Bald Hills Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 is a dry style wine with stone fruit aromatics, a creamy mouthfilling palate and persistent finish.
NZ Cuisine Magazine 2016 - 5 Stars
Top 3 New Zealand Pinot Gris
'Grown on Bannockburn’s Cairnmuir Road, this wine has all the verve and raciness you’d expect from a Central Otago Pinot Gris. There is an attractive fullness to the texture, while lively citrus and green apple flavours are given lift by fresh acidity. It resolves well with a tight finish.'
International Wine Challenge 2016 - Silver
The strong stone fruit and spicy character allows the wine to match with a wide variety of international foods. Our picks would be with moderately spiced Asian food, German Schnitzel and shellfish with the best of all being grilled eel.
Winemaking and Viticulture
An excellent dry season resulted in small compact bunches. This low-cropping Pinot Gris was crop thinned to remove all shoulders and unwanted bunches to enhance varietal flavour and concentration.
The fruit was hand harvested on 8 April 2015 at 23 brix and was gently whole bunch pressed into a stainless steel tank. Subsequently coolly fermented to preserve varietal character and vibrancy. The fermentation was stopped at 7 grams/ Litre of residual sugar to enhance palate weight but also to balance acidity.
Pale straw with clear hues. Ripe pear and stone fruit aromas on the nose with hints of ginger, spice and quince. Flavours of pear, peach and nectarine show on the palate along with some citrus and spice. A dry style wine which has a creamy, textural mouthfeel, balanced acidity and long lingering finish.