Georges Road ‘Selection’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2011

Having got the winemaking bug with time in France, California and Germany, Kirk Bray and his wife Alison set up Georges Road Wines with land purchase in 2003 in the heart of the Waipara Valley to emulate the small, family-owned, quality-oriented winemaking operations overseas. 8 ha are planted, 4 ha to Riesling and 2 ha each to Pinot Gris and Syrah. Pinot Noir is obtained from a clay-limestone block at Blacks Avenue. Kirk's approach to winemaking is to strive for balance, delicacy and elegance; the wines must be food-friendly, and "above all, enjoyable”. The Georges Road wines are single-vineyard expressions, made by Kirk's own hand from vines personally tended by him. This is his 2011 Pinot Gris, made with "a nod to Alsace”. www.georgesroadwines.co.nz

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