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2016 Greystone Sand Dollar Pinot Gris

2016 Greystone Sand Dollar Pinot Gris

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, broad and voluminous with deep and rich aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with nuances of tropical fruits and exotic florals,nuances of honeysuckle, and steel, mouthwatering minerals. Subtle complexing nutty lees elements emerge with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has richness and weighty flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits along with subtle tropical fruit elements, exotic florals, unfolding honied notes. Mineral and nutty detail add interest. The palate has weight, body and presence, but retains a degree of elegance with integrated acidity, the wine carrying smoothly along a fine line, leading to a full, lingering, dry finish of rich stonefruits and exotic florals. This is a rich-fruited dry Pinot Gris with layers of exotic fruits, florals, honey and minerals on a palate with strong presence and length.
95 points - Raymond Chan

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  • New Zealand's next big thing - Pinot Gris and who else to celebrate just how good this grape can be than Canterbury's very own Greystone winery.

    In the past this wine  has been voted the third best Pinot Gris in the world according to Decanter magazine and we can easily see why. It's dry, not sweet at all, but it has a textural complexity and zippy interplay of acidity that just bring it together. Beurre bosc, lemon sherbert sorbet, creamy almond, and a little wild floral character. A portion of this wine is made of barrel fermented Gris, and it pairs perfectly with food.

    95 Bob Campbell, 19/20 Raymond Chan and some big wraps from James Suckling and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate make this a very special wine.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Gentle North West facing slopes on wind -blown loess over clay with limestone deposits throughout the vineyard, influence structure, texture and length in the finished wine. A long Indian summer coupled with careful bunch and shoot removal, resulted in beautiful fruit with balanced acidity. 2,500 vines per hectare on VSP two cane trellising.

    Date picked: 5 April – 21 April 2016
    Brix at picking: 22 TA: 6.45g/L
    pH: 3.47
    Alcohol - 13.5%

    Grapes were slowly and gently pressed, releasing pure juice. Settled for two days before racking to tank and barrel for fermentation. 10% wild fermented in old French oak barrels then blended with tank fermented wine and lees stirred for six weeks before bottling onsite in late spring.


    TASTING NOTES

    Light golden in the glass, the nose an array of cloves, pear, marzipan, honey dew and orange zest. A substantial and powerful palate, initially smooth rounded stone-fruit, progressing to a core of chalky phenolic, expanding into a very long pure finish. Wonderful now, especially with food, or age for four plus years.

  • REVIEWS

    'Dry, tasty and textural pinot gris with ripe pear, toast, apple and brioche flavours. A classy wine that includes a portion of barrel fermented and matured wine to add a pleasing texture and additional layers of flavours.'
    95 Points - Bob Campbell MW


    'Sappy, stony hints over quiet oak; a limey warmth behind. Deep and pure, with apple and lime richness, a minty freshness and a lick of honey, held in a dry frame. Accomplished and finely judged. Proof that Pinot Gris has a fine-wine future in New Zealand.'
    93 Points - Decanter Magazine

    'Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, broad and voluminous with deep and rich aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with nuances of tropical fruits and exotic florals,nuances of honeysuckle, and steel, mouthwatering minerals. Subtle complexing nutty lees elements emerge with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has richness and weighty flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits along with subtle tropical fruit elements, exotic florals, unfolding honied notes. Mineral and nutty detail add interest. The palate has weight, body and presence, but retains a degree of elegance with integrated acidity, the wine carrying smoothly along a fine line, leading to a full, lingering, dry finish of rich stonefruits and exotic florals. This is a rich-fruited dry Pinot Gris with layers of exotic fruits, florals, honey and minerals on a palate with strong presence and length. Match with pork and veal dishes, and Asian cuisine over the next 4-5+ years Fruit from a sloping single block with wind-blown loess over clay with limestone deposits, fermented in tank with 10% indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak to 13.5% alc. and 6.0 g/L RS, the blended wine undergoing batonnage for 6 weeks.'
    19/20 Points Raymond Chan