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Mission ‘VS’ 2017 Pinot Gris, 2015 Pinot Noir and 2016 Merlot and Syrah

06 December,2017

As with any significantly sized wine producer, Mission Estate has several tiers to meet different segments of the market. The ‘Vineyard Selection’ range bridges the widely seen ‘Estate’ bottlings and the more limited production ‘Reserve’ wines, and is designed to capture the characteristics of selected parcels of fruit showing individual flavours and style. The fruit comes from the company’s own vineyards and from established growers. Here, I review the new release 2017 Pinot Gris, 2015 Pinot Noir and 2016 Merlot and Syrah.


Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright pale straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim with green hues. The nose is rich with fresh aromas of yellow stonefruits along with slight honeysuckle and lifted yellow floral notes. The aromatics are taut and well-concentrated, revealing mineral elements in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegant, concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits with lifted florals and subtle notes of honeysuckle and minerals. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with fresh, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good energy along a soft line, leading to a light, crisp and dry finish of stonefruits and florals. This is an elegantly concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honied flavours on a bright, refreshing palate. Match with seafoof and poultry over the next 3 years. Fruit from the company’s ‘Blind River’ vineyard cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.2% alc. and 7.9 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees for a short time. 18.0/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00

Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Moderately deep garnet-red colour with slight brick hues on the rim. The bouquet is softly full and well-packed with aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruits harmoniously melded with a layering of dried herbs, earth, a little undergrowth and game, with subtle red floral lift. Medium-full bodied, the palate has gently sweet flavours of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with an amalgam of spices, dried herbs and nuances of undergrowth and red florals. The fruit is supported by light, grainy-textured tannin structure and integrated acidity. The mouthfeel grows in extraction which carries the flavours to an elegant, light, nuanced finish. This is a gently sweet, savoury red cherry and berry fruited Pinot Noir with spice, dried herb and undergrowth notes on a fine, textural palate. Match with pasta, mushroom dishes, and wild duck or pork over the next 5+ years. Fruit from a site on Lake Ferry Road fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 14 days 14 days on skins post ferment, the wine aged 5 months in seasoned oak. 17.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00

Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Dark, deep, even ruby-red colour with slight purple-black hues on the rim. The nose is fresh and vibrant with elegantly concentrated aromas of redcurrants and dark-red plum fruit, entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs and a suggestion of iron-earth elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has bright and lively fruit flavours of dark red berries, redcurrants and plums, along with dark herbs. The fruit is sweet and rich, and is underlined by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction with integrated acidity. The fruit forms a linear core and carries to a sustained finish of dark-red berry and curranty fruit. This is a bright and vibrant Merlot with dark-red berry and redcurrant flavours, along with plum and herb notes on a fine-textured palate. Match with roast lamb, beef or venison over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the company’s Mere Road block in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. 18.0/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00

Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Ruby-red colour with some depth and lighter purple hues on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and slender with fragrant dark-red berry and raspberry fruit, harmoniously melded with dark-red florals, gentle notes of white pepper, and nuances of spice and dark herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate is soft and fresh with vibrant flavours of dark-red berries and raspberries, lifted by floral notes, showing white pepper, spices and dark herbs. The fruit forms an elegant core with very fine, flowery tannin structure and integrated acidity. The wine flows along a velvety line and carries to a lingering finish of raspberries, pepper, spices and florals. This is an elegantly soft, but fresh Syrah with dark-red berry and raspberry fruit along with white pepper, florals and spices on a velvety textured palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern farer over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the company’s Gimblett Road’ vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc., 90% of the wine aged 13 months in French oak barriques. 17.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00

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