Varietals 100% Pinot Gris
Vineyards: At 45 degrees longitude, Central Otago is the southernmost wine region in the world. Here, the grapes have the longest hang-time of any viticultural area and can be picked as late as mid-May which allows for perfect ripening. The soil profile of clay and gravel mix is free-draining and stable. This wine combines fruit from premium sites in Central Otago, including Maude’s very own mature family vineyard, Mt. Maude in Wanaka.
Winemaking & Ageing: Hand harvested from Mt Maude and Cromwell Basin. The fruit from Mt. Maude vineyard was whole-bunch pressed to extract only free run juice which was then fermented in stainless steel; this contributed to the delicate and pure aromatics in the wine. The Pisa Range fruit was slightly riper and more robust; it is foot-stomped for a bit then pressed and 40% fermented in older oak barrels for 2 months which contributes viscosity and texture to the wine.
Appearance: Pale straw with hints of green
Aroma: Pear, floral and hints of ginger
Palate: A pure defined palate, with poached pear and exotic spice flavors, dry in style with persistence and balance
Download: 2012 Maude Pinot Gris