John Forrest Collection Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2011

The Waitaki Valley inland from Oamaru and Waimate, near Kurow in North Otago has captured John Forrest's imagination and passion. He sees the continental climate, geographical aspect and limestone-rich soils as being especially conducive for the making of strikingly distinctive, terroir driven, elegant wines. The taste of a Pinot Gris wine, made by the late Doug Wisor of Craggy Range was sufficient proof for John to put his trust and invest capital in the district, buying 15 ha of land and establishing a well-protected, north-west facing hillside vineyard on the southern side of the Waitaki Valley. At present there are 2 ha of Pinot Noir and 1.5 ha each of Pinot Gris and Chardonnay planted. John is now one of the strongest advocates for the region, noting that across vintages and varieties, ripeness is achieved with low sugars, providing finished wine with lower alcohols. Here is his first ‘John Forrest Collection' Pinot Gris from Waitaki Valley fruit, a wine he sees fit being an outstanding example of the variety in a most suitable growing area. www.forrest.co.nz

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