Brightwater Gravels 2017 and Middle-Earth 2018, 2017 and 2016 Releases

07-Aug-2018

‘Brightwater Gravels’ and ‘Middle-Earth’ are brands of ‘Winelord’, the Nelson wine venture of Rob Grey and his family. The Grey family have owned their Brightwater land for over 50 years. and they have 50 ha of vines that supply the fruit for their various brands. The vineyard is planted to 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% each Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and includes 0.4 ha of Pinot Meunier. The family also contract sources some extra Pinot Gris. Rob’s daughter Kylie and her husband Ryan O’Connell are fully immersed, tending the vineyard and managing the various aspects of business and administration. They have Trudy Sheild making the wines from the start, originally when she was at Waimea Estates, but full-time at Winelord from 2017. Here I review a selection of releases under the ‘Brightwater Gravels’ and ‘Middle-Earth’ labels. The former are more up-front, and the latter possess more elegance. www.winelord.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Brightwater Gravels Nelson Pinot Gris 2017
  • Brightwater Gravels Nelson Chardonnay 2017
  • Brightwater Gravels Nelson Pinot Noir 2017
  • Middle-Earth Nelson Rosé 2018
  • Middle-Earth Nelson Chardonnay 2016
  • Middle-Earth Nelson Pinot Noir 2017

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