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Awatere River Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

25 October,2017
The Awatere River Wine Co. of Louis Vavasour is the continuation of his family’s long involvement in farming in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough. The label represents classic Marlborough varietal and style expression, with an emphasis, of course, on the Awatere Valley. To date, the wines have grown in quality and consistency, and are awarded well in wine shows and tastings. 2017 was a difficult vintage in Marlborough with rains influence picking. Winemaker Andrew Parley reports that achieving optimum ripeness with fruit free of botrytis was the challenge. Most producers picked earlier than was normal, resulting in lighter, more elegant wines with elevated acidity, but also greater aromatic intensity. The 2017 wines from Awatere River have been of very good quality, indicating good vineyard decisions. Here, I review the 2017 Pinot Gris.


Awatere River Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly voluminous with fragrant aromas of exotic yellow stonefruits and florals, with notes of spice and honeysuckle. The nose possesses freshness and vibrancy. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a good core of yellow stonefruits, exotic yellow florals, and savoury honeysuckle and nutty notes. The mouthfeel is fresh with fine, dry, phenolic-textured line and balanced acidity. The wine has plenty of presence and body with underlying drive and linearity. The flavours carry to a sustained finish of exotic fruits and florals. This is a dry Pinot Gris with exotic floral and stonefruit flavours with savoury honeysuckle elements on a fine, dry-textured palate with plenty of presence. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. 100% Pinot Gris fruit, 46% from Dashwood, Lower Awatere, 33% Upper Awatere and 21% Wairau, tank-fermented with 1% in seasoned barriques to 13.0% alc. and 2.0 g/L RS, the wine 3-4 months on lees. 18.0-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $25.00
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