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Vista Nelson 2016 Pinot Gris and 2015 Pinot Noir

08 June,2018

Vista is the boutique wine venture of Greg and Bridget Dryden who wanted to make great wine with full family involvement. The Drydens say their children Mia and Stella are proving to be very able helpers. They have 4,500 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir vines on their 1 ha north-west facing site on Moutere gravels soils on Kina Beach Road in Nelson. The Drydens are serious about environmental sensitivity and promote biodiversity on their site. They aim to produce around 250 dozen wine annually. They have Patrick Stowe of Rimu Grove as their winemaker.


Vista Nelson Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, light yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with up-front and open aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with an amalgam of honeysuckle and nutty notes, unfolding savoury yellow floral elements and some flintiness. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has moderately full flavours of yellow stonefruits along with honeysuckle and savoury yellow florals, unveiling nuances of nuts and flint. The mouthfeel is soft and the fruit forms a rounded palate with good weight. Soft acidity adds to the richness and roundness, and the wine carries to s full, rich, yellow-fruited finish, revealing some phenolics and alcohol drive. This is a rich, full, rounded medium-dry Pinot Gris with yellow stonefruits, honeysuckle and savoury nutty and flinty notes finishing with a little grip. Match with Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. 75% clone 52B and 25% Lincoln Berry Smith, tank fermented to 13.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $18.00

Vista Nelson Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Nelson


Full, dark, deep, black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight garnet hues. The nose is concentrated with intense and deep aromas of ripe dark-red berry and savoury plum fruit, with notes of liquorice, dark herbs, and subtle nutty oak and game elements. Full-bodied, the palate has fulsome and mouthfilling flavours of ripe dark-red and black berry and plum fruit entwined with notes of liquorice, savoury herbs, oak and game. The fruit has richness and juiciness with plenty of presence, and is supported by plenty of grainy tannin extraction providing structure and grip. Soft, lacy acidity provides energy and the palate is underlined by a little alcoholic power which carries the wine to a tight finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling and sweetly ripe black-berried and plum fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice and dark herb notes on a well-structured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 4-5 years. Equal portions of clones 667 and 115, from vines planted in 2009, destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak. 17.5/20 Jun 2018 RRP $24.00

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