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Georges Road 2017 Rosé and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Pinot Noir

23 February,2018

Georges Road is the wine venture of Kirk Bray and his wife Alison who have an 8 ha vineyard on Mount Brown Road, off Georges Road in Waipara, North Canterbury. The vineyard was planted in 2004 and yields Riesling, Pinot Gris and Syrah. Pinot Noir is obtained from the nearby ‘Williams’ vineyard, next to Black Estate. From the first releases, it was evident that high quality was the aim, and the wines are highly regarded by Kirk’s peers and the market. I’ve certainly enjoyed the elegance and finesse of the aromatic white wines, and the style and interest of the reds. Originally making his wines at one of his consultant wineries, the Brays built a winery and cellar door on site in 2015. Last year, Kirk decided to take out half of his Riesling with the intention of replacing it with Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. These will broaden the Georges Road portfolio and will no doubt be of great interest. Here, I review the 2017 Rosé and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Pinot Noir. www.georgesroadwines.co.nz


Georges Road ‘Les Terrasses’ Waipara Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright, light strawberry-pink colour with some depth, pale edged with some purple tints. The nose is fresh with taut and tightly bound aromas of watermelon and quince with soft red floral notes and steely, mouthwatering minerals. This has delicacy and fine intensity, and builds in depth with aeration. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is refreshing and thirst-quenching with crunch flavours of watermelon and quince, along with soft red floral elements ad steely minerals. The palate has bright, crisp acidity and the wine flows with good energy along a very fine-textured line, carrying to a long, lingering, zesty finish of watermelon and minerals. This is a thirst-quenching, refined dry rosé with watermelon and quince flavours on a zesty palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Syrah fruit picked early for the style, and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel to 12.3% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 250 cases made. 18.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $22.00

Georges Road ‘’Selection’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and well-concentrated with a deep and rounded heart of yellow stonefruits entwined with honey notes unfolding exotic yellow florals. The aromatics grow in richness with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has deep and mouthfilling flavours of ripe yellow stonefruit, tropical fruits and notes of honey and exotic florals. The palate is rich, near-unctuous and rounded, possessing a degree of savoury opulence, with soft, underlying acidity. The wine carries smoothly to a rich, plush finish. This is a rich, opulent and lush, dry Pinot Gris with ripe stonefruit, tropical fruits, honey and savoury florals, with an unctuous, rounded mouthfeel. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak to 14.0% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on lees undergoing batonnage. 450 cases made. 18.5+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $26.00

Georges Road ‘Williams Hill’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is deeply packed with ripe fruit aromas of black cherries and berryfruit, with black plums, hints of dark raspberries and florals, entwined with complexing dark herbs, earth and black minerals, unfolding nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intensely concentrated, rich and ripe flavours of black cherries and berries, plums and savoury earth and mineral notes, with tar herb and nutty oak detail. The fruit is succulently sweet and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and supported by fine-grained tannin structure. This has very good energy and vigour, and the wine carries with power and drive to a long and sustained finish. This is a well-concentrated, succulently ripe, black-fruited Pinot Noir with complex herb, earth and mineral notes on a fine-grained, well-structured, vigorous palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 115, 667 and 777, from the ‘Williams Hill’ vineyard, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 26 days on skins and aged 16 months in 25% new French oak. 200 cases made. 18.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $36.00

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