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Ohau Wines Ohau Gravels Pinot Gris 2017

07 November,2017

The Ohau region in the Horowhenua is home to Wellington’s closest wine growing district. The area was identified by viticulturist Kate Gibbs as being suitable for grapegrowing, with soils similar to Marlborough and a climate akin to that of Nelson. On the basis of this, a group of investors set up Ohau Wines, the first release vintage of 2009 Pinot Gris winning a gold medal and trophy at the Bragato Wine Show, and the Sauvignon Blanc taking silver. Ohau Wines has grown considerably, doubling its initial 20 ha of plantings to 40 ha, and the establishment of a cellar door. The vineyards are planted approx. 70% to Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Pinot Gris, with the remainder to Pinot Noir. There are several tiers with a ‘Single Vineyard’ range at top to the premium ‘Ohau Gravels’ label, with ‘Woven Stone’ as the secondary brand. Donna Riley heads the operation and Jane Cooper is the winemaker, producing all the wines to date. Here, I review the new release Ohau Gravels Pinot Gris 2017. www.ohauwines.co.nz

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Ohau Wines Ohau Gravels Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18-/20

Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour. The nose is softly full with attractively ripe fruit aromas of yellow stonefruits with honied notes, yellow florals and hints of savoury spice. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, lively fruit flavours of yellow stonefruit with notes of apricot and honey, entwined with subtle yellow floral nuances. The fruit forms a rounded core with bright, zesty acidity enlivening the palate. The flavours flow with good energy along a soft-textured line, leading to an elegant, lingering finish of stonefruits and honey. This is a rich-fruited, medium-dry Pinot Gris with yellow stonefruits, honey and florals on a soft-textured, but lively palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next3 years. Fruit from Ohau vines 9 y.o., cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 9 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $22.00

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