Man O' War Vineyards Pinot Gris 2008
Ponui Island is located to the south east of Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It is here that we have chosen to grow Pinot Gris where cool sea breezes temper the south facing slopes. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, cold settled and racked to tank for cool fermentation with aromatic yeast strains. The wine was aged on lees for 6 months prior to bottling to add palate weight to the final blend.
Ethereally fragrant aromas of apricots and lime cordial combine with subtle yeast autolysis characters reminiscent of a fine Champagne. The palate is poised between a balance of fine acidity, a hint of natural sweetness and a pleasing tonic like finish. Threaded with fine beads of natural carbon dioxide retained from the fermentation process, this Ponui Island Pinot Gris is an elegant and refreshing wine suitable as an aperitif or matched with fresh oysters. This wine is bottled and protected under screw cap as we believe it is the best closure for quality wine.