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Maori Point 2018 Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé and Pinot Gris

21 August,2018

Maori Point Vineyard was established by John Harris and Marilyn Duxson in 2002 who planted 5 clones of Pinot Noir and 2 clones of Pinot Gris across 7.3 ha on a bend of the Clutha River north of Bendigo near Tarras. Matt and Maggie Evans joined the business in 2014, following Matt working there from 2011. The soils are loess over schist deposited by the Lake Hawea glacier around 200,000 years ago, and are very low in fertility. It is surmised that this results in lower yields of grapes with greater concentration. Although all the partners have an academic background, they are hands-on with the viticulture which is to organic regimes, though they are not certified. The wines are made on site which is regarded important for quality and style. Here, I review the new 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé and Pinot Gris.


Maori Point ‘Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, light cerise-pink with purple hues and some depth, paler edged. The nose is very fresh, bright and vibrant with well-concentrated aromas of cherries and raspberry fruit, fragrant red florals and a suggestion of confectionary entwined with fresh herbs. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has intense and penetrating flavours of cherries, raspberries, lifted red florals and raspberry fruit pastilles, forming a taut core and line. The flavours are rich, and are balanced by fresh, mouthwatering acidity a fine phenolic textures that carry the wine to a long, lingering finish. This is a bright, vibrant and intense dry rosé with rich flavours of cherries and raspberries with floral and confectionary nuances, on a fine-textured, thirst-quenching palate. Match with antipasto and tapas, and Asian fare over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit, primarily clones 777 and 10/5, fully destemmed and crushed, the juice given 20 hours skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.3% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 300 cases made. 18.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $26.50

Maori Point ‘Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is delicate and restrained in expression with gentle aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with hints of florals and honeysuckle, and nutty suggestions. The aromatics build in depth with aeration. Medium in sweetness and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and luscious heart with subtle flavours of stonefruits, honeysuckle, nuances of flowers with nutty elements. The palate has good weight and presence, with good linearity. Some underlying alcohol drive carries the wine, with fresh acidity and smooth textures to an elegant, lightly nuanced finish. This is a medium Pinot Gris with delicate flavours of stonefruits, florals and honeysuckle on a palate with good drive, presence and weight. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3 years. Single clone fruit, hand-picked, WBP and fermented in tank with 10% in neutral oak to 13.1% alc. and 13.9 g/L RS. 250 cases made. 17.5-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $26.50

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