Wrights of Gisborne and The Natural Wine Co.
Geoff and Nicola Wright are adding strength to the organic and biodynamic grapegrowing and winemaking scene in the Gisborne region. Establishing their business in 2000, they planted over 12 ha of vines in two sites, the ‘Terrace’ and the ‘Valley’ vineyards in the Ormond Valley and have worked to get their produce from these sites to AsureQuality organic certification. They’ve been growing too, setting up their winery in 2009 and just recently purchasing the former Whitecliffs vineyard in Manutuke, which they have started converting to organic status. The Wrights have also begun renovation work on their cellar door. It’s very good times here. Besides producing a broad range of wines under the Wrights label, they also have ‘The Natural Wine Co.’ brand which sources organic fruit outside Gisborne. Proceeds of the sales of these wines go toward the Royal Forest & Bird Society of New Zealand. Here, I revisit the Methode 2010 and review two Wrights Gewurztraminers as well as two new releases under ‘The Natural Wine Co.’ label. www.wrightswines.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Wrights Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2012Gewurztraminer from New Zealand - GisbornReview Date : 01-Oct-2013Bright, even and full, light golden-yellow colour. The bouquet is full with a firm core of ripe yellow stonefruits, root ginger, creaming soda and a musky, herbal and mineral amalgam. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, bold flavours of yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits and savoury musk and rose florals show with breadth and mouthfilling openness. The fruit firm in texture and expression, and dry in mouthfeel, the phenolic handling fine. Some acidity and alcohol carry the flavours to a dry, steely finish with some characteristic varietal bitterness. This is a strong and open flavoured dry Gewurztraminer with a firm, but open palate. Serve with Asian cuisine and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from 30 y.o. vines, fermented on skins 3 days to 13.0% alc., the wine given some barrel aging. Certified AsureQuality Conversion organic. 16.0+/20 Sep 2013 RRP $28.00
Wrights ‘Reserve’ Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2011Gewurztraminer from New Zealand - GisbornReview Date : 01-Oct-2013Full, deep, golden–yellow colour. This has a very full, broad and even nose, voluminous and packed with complex and opulent aromas of ripe tropical fruits, root ginger, musk and rose-petals, melded with honey and creaming soda. Dry to taste and full-bodied, bold and brassy flavours of exotic tropical fruits, honey, musk and root ginger fill the mouth. The palate is soft and oily, near unctuous, the roundness enhanced by the low acidity. Alcoholic power drives the flavours which unfold waves of caramel, musk and herbs, and lead to a very long and sustained, dry finish with soft exotic fruit notes. This is a full, bold and brassy, dry Gewurztraminer with an unctuous mouthfeel. Serve with rich Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. Two picks of fruit, one stainless-steel fermented, the second with over 70% botrytis infection, soaked on skins, fermented to 13.5% alc. and aged 6 months in barrel, undergoing MLF. Certified AsureQuality Conversion organic. 18.0+/20 Sep 2013 RRP $38.00
The Natural Wine Co. ‘Organic’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 01-Oct-2013Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hints. The nose is fresh and softly full with pungent aromas of passionfruit, limes and herbs, revealing tropical fruit elements. Dryish to taste, this has light, but juicy and succulent, up-front flavours of passionfruit, underlined by a very fine, phenolic line. The flavours grow and gently fill the mouth and are enlivened by balanced, crisp acidity which leads to a mouthwatering, dry finish with good length. This is a soft, gentle, passionfruit-flavoured Sauvignon Blanc to serve with salads, vegetables and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from an organic vineyard in Marlborough, stainless-steel fermented in an off-dry style to 13.5% alc., the wine undergoing batonnage. Certified AsureQuality organic. 16.5-/20 Oct 2013 RRP $20.00
The Natural Wine Co. Nelson Pinot Gris 2013Pinot Gris from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 01-Oct-2013Bright staw-yellow colour with light golden hues and a suggestion of blush. The bouquet is fresh with aromatic presence, showing apricot and yellow stonefruits along with honeysuckle nuances. Dry to taste, clean, light and restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits form a fine palate line, building in weight and mouthfeel. The acidity is balanced and discreet, and the mouthfeel has subtle cut and drive, that leads to a clean, dry finish. This is a soft, dry Pinot Gris with light stonefruit flavours to match with antipasto and poultry over the next 2+ years. Fruit from an organic vineyard in Nelson, stainless-steel fermented in an off-dry style to 13.0%, the wine given light oak treatment. Certified AsureQuality organic. 16.0+/20 Oct 2013 RRP $20.00