Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Pinot Gris

20-Mar-2017
The Spy Valley wines of Marlborough have an enviable record of providing high quality and classical regional as well as varietal character, and in doing so are very successful on the show circuit as well as in the market place. Spy Valley also has the luxury of being able to make small quantities of wines under the ‘Envoy’ label that allow the viticultural and winemaking teams considerable license in style. Viticulturist Adam McCone and winemaker Paul Bourgeois generally take a minimal interventionist approach and aim to preserve the natural character of the fruit from special parcels and sites, and represent what the vintage has provided in raw materials. The winemaking is natural and designed to allow the fruit be expressed and transformed into a wine of the best character and balance. Sometimes, the Envoy wines may seem extreme, but they are always of great interest. What is learnt from the making of the Envoy wines makes its way back into the production of the ‘estate’ wines. As a result, sophistication begets sophistication, and the more accessible ‘estate’ wines are subtly continuing to grow in complexity and stature. Here, I review the 2016 ‘estate’ Spy Valley Pinot Gris and ‘Envoy’ Pinot Gris. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Johnson Vineyard’ Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

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