Wild Earth Pinot Gris 2018

This Pinot Gris has delicious pear and citrus on the nose complemented by an intriguing saltiness. Orchard fruit is predominant on the palate with a wonderful savoury/umami note to complement the sweet fruit. Made with food pairing in mind, this Pinot Gris is dry in style and mouth filling with a creamy mid palate and long mineral finish.

5 Stars, 93 points, Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2019
4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine, June 2019
4 Stars, 90 points, Bob Campbell MW June 2019
88 points (very good) - Cameron Douglas MS, Oct 2019
3 Stars, featured, NZ Wine Magazine, Autumn 2019
3 Stars, Cuisine Magazine, February 2019

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The Pinot Gris grapes that created this beautiful wine came from established vineyards in the Gibbston Valley (16-year-old vines), with 15% sourced from Bannockburn. The 2018 growing season was the hottest on record overall with November and January breaking records for heat and an unusual amount of days over 30 degrees Celsius in summer. February was the wettest on record which helped in a positive way to slow down the onset of harvest although it was still a month early and very compact.

Each block was harvested at optimal ripeness in order to achieve a wine with aromatic freshness, rich texture and restrained alcohol. A combination of stainless steel tanks and old French oak barrels were used for fermentation.

Sam Kim Wine Orbit, 5 Stars, 93 points
"Expressing pure fruit intensity on the nose, showing poached pear, rockmelon and white floral characters with a touch of spicy complexity. The palate is succulent and wonderfully rounded, delivering juicy fruit flavours and smooth texture, brilliantly framed by refreshing acidity. Delectably expressed".

Winestate Magazine, 4.5 Stars
"Fresh and full-bodied, this classy, youthful blend of Gibbston (85%) and Bannockburn (15%) fruit was partly handled in old French oak barrels. Light lemon/green, it has strong, vibrant pear, lychee and spice flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, excellent vigour, and a dry, finely balanced finish".

Bob Campbell MW, 4 Stars, 90 points
"Dry, weighty pinot gris with apple, quince and nutty yeast lees flavours. A rich, textural wine, with a backbone of fresh acidity and fine tannins that perfectly balance a suggestion of sweetness".

Cameron Douglas MS, 88 points (very good)
" Ripe, fruity, fleshy and varietal. Fresh and ripe scented fruits of pears and apple, some lemon and spice. Just dry on the palate, the core of fruit contrast the acidity and citrus flavours. Some texture mid and back palate. A wine I would recommend with food through 2020".