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Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

16 October,2018

Mount Beautifu Mount Beautiful is the North Canterbury wine venture of New Zealander David Teece, a business academic, and his wife Leigh who reside in the United States. They created a new wine growing region when they established vines in Cheviot, North Canterbury l is the North Canterbury wine venture of New Zealander David Teece, a business academic, and his wife Leigh who reside in the United States. They created a new wine growing region when they established vines in Cheviot, North Canterbury in 2004. Mount Beautiful now has over 70 ha of vines, mainly to Sauvignon Blanc followed by Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The vineyard is tended by Fin Grieve and the wines made on site since 2015, by founding winemaker Sam Weaver, supported by Ben Weaver. Here, I review the 2017 Pinot Gris, the variety covering 4.28 ha in one block, planted over 2005 and 2006. www.mtbeautiful.co.nz

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Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden-green hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is elegant in proportion with well-packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and subtle white floral notes, hints of pears and nuances of mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics are slender, but show very good penetration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a firm and up-front, solidly concentrated heart of white and yellow stonefruits along with a layering of pears, white and yellow florals and honeysuckle. This has a positive core and the wine flows with good power and drive along a positively fine phenolic line with some underlying alcohol energy. The flavours carry to a dry, long, lingering solid finish of stonefruits, florals, pears and honey. A little shy on nose, this is a solidly packed dry Pinot Gris with stonefruits, pears, florals and good power. Match with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit, fermented with some solids in stainless-steel to 14.0% alc. and 3 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $24.00

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