New Zealand is not a prodigious producer of wine (less than 1% of the worlds output) but has a very wide range. The country's first success was with Sauvignon Blanc in 1977 but the nature of New Zealand allows it to grow Bordeaux-style blends and Syrah, in Hawke's Bay and the north to the Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes grown in the south. The maritime climate of the whole country moderates hot summers and keeps the winters mild. The generally cool nights mean that the grapes have more acidity than would other wise be the case. Four-fifths of New Zealand wines are made by small producers spread over the country.
The fruit was grown at Wrekin Terrace Vineyard in the Brancott Valley, a valley floor site on gravelly clay-loam soils. The grapes were pressed using low maceration press cycles, then the clear juice racked to fermentation vessels. Half of the juice was inoculated in a stainless steel tank using cultured yeast and the balance was filled into French oak barriques where it endure…
This is an example of a classic Pinot Gris from Kumu River, flavours of stone fruits are dominant, peach and nectarine with a nice floral hint. This is complex and interesting on the palate, and will work well with spicy foods.
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Established in 1991, Mountford Estate is now owned by Takahiro Koyama, who was once a university student studying viticulture and working part time at the vineyard. The Estate produces wines with character and quality by adopting a combination of old and modern techniques. The Liaison Pinot Noir is a fantastic wine, with just the right amount of tannins combined with flavours of dark fruits, spice and a hint of smoke. The finish is full and lengthy.
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