Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris Wairarapa 2019
Dry, surprisingly creamy and full bodied, this lovely new Pinot Gris is made in a Chardonnayesque style with full oak fermentation in old oak barrels and partial malolactic fermentation to give its creamy textural qualities.
Winemaker Jannine Rickards has outdone herself here, producing a new take on a much loved grape and wine.
To preserve the delicate aromatics and fruit character of Pinot Gris the grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the early morning. Pressing was whole bunch with only the free run and lightest of pressings used to minimise unattractive phenolics. Traditional 100% barrel fermentation in old French oak with extended lees contact and stirring to give the wine mid palate weight, texture and complexity. After a period of 12 months in barrel the wine was fined using natural products and carefully filtered for bottling.