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Natural Wine Co. 2018 Pinot Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

24 September,2018

Geoff and Nicola Wright of Wrights Vineyard and Winery in Gisborne have had organic winegrowing as their base philosophy from the start. Very aware that the market can see organic produce as being more expensive, they have maintained their prices at an accessible level. Their ‘Natural Wine Co.’ wines are designed to complement their more sophisticated ‘Wrights’ wines in offering fruit-focussed and accessible bottlings, and still be certified organic. Here, I review the new 2018 Natural Wine Co. Organic Pinot Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, all from their Gisborne vineyards.


Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Organic Pinot Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne


Bright, light, peach-pink colour with slight orange hues and some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is light with a tautcore of quince fruit along with subtle notes of strawberries and red florals, and hints of mouthwatering herbs. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft core of quince fruit entwined with subtle notes of strawberries and florals. The flavours flow smoothly along a slippery line with fresh, underlying acidity. The mouthfeel is gently crisp and mouthwatering, and the flavours carry to a light, nuanced finish. This is a light, smooth and gently thirst-quenching off-dry rosé with quince, strawberry and floral notes, and a light fnish. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit predominantly from the ‘Coastal’ vineyard, Manutuke and young vines from the ‘Valley’ vineyard, Ormond, given 2 days skin contact and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc. and 8.5 g/L RS. Certified Asurequality Organic. 16.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $19.95

Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Gisborne


Bright, light straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with moderately deep aromas of pungent passionfruit along with notes of tropical fruits and fresh herbs. This is rounded in expression, and unfolds green stonefruit and floral elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is soft and elegant with a rich heart of pungent passionfruit along with fresh and savoury herbs, tropical fruits and green stonefruits. The mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity and the wine flows with good energy, drive and line to a lingering finish. This is a softly elegant, punchy, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a smooth flow and freshness. Serve with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Terrace’ vineyard, Ormond Valley Road, given 12 hours skin contact and indigenous yeast fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 5.1 g/L RS. Certified Asurequality Organic. 17.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $19.95

Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Organic Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Gisborne


Ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the edge. The nose is fresh and up-front with vibrant aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit with notes of raspberries and blackberries, unfolding a little liquorice and spice, then dark herbs and violet florals, forming a concentrated core. Medium-bodied, the palate has a moderately rich heart of cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit, along with herbs, violets and florals. The favours are softly mouthfilling and underlined by light tannin extraction lending powdery grip and background structure. The acidity is soft and balanced and the wine carries to a gentle, fruity finish. This is a soft and up-front fruity Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavours with a gently textured mouthfeel. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Coastal’ vineyard, Manutuke, destemmed and given a 48 hour cold soak, then indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 12 days on skins and given light oak contact. Certified Asurequality Organic. 16.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $22.00

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