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Haha Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017

16 February,2018

The ‘Haha’ wine brand was founded on the most popular and widely planted varieties in the country: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The brand has experienced staggering growth since its beginnings in 2011. General manager Ashton Ireland has carefully managed the progress of the company, and eventually introduced a Pinot Gris in 2014. This variety, the third most-planted white, has enjoyed strong support over the last decade, so it was a given success for Haha. Here, I review the new release 2017 vintage. www.hahawine.co.nz

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Haha Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17+/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour. The nose is fresh with full aromas of white stonefruit, acacia florals and nuances of honeysuckle with mineral suggestions. This has fragrance and intensity, unfolding nuances of lifted fermentation esters. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated and up-front white stonefruit, white floral and honied flavours. The fruit possesses richness and is enlivened by crisp acidity. This has good aromatic presence, and the wine flows with good vibrancy and energy along a fine-featured line, leading to a light, gently sweet finish. This is a moderately rich, up-front medium-dry Pinot Gris on a refreshing and lively palate. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 3 years. Fruit from the Hawke’s Bay high country, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and approx. 8.9 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $17.99

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