2020 Kōparepare Marlborough Pinot Gris
Colour / Appearance: Mid-straw with a bright clarity.
Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted floral tones, underpinned by ripe pear and white nectarine notes.
Palate: Classic pear and fig flavours, with a suggestion of nougat and almond.
Food Match: Pair with sustainably sourced seafood.
Cellaring: This wine is ready to be drunk now or within three years of the vintage date.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
Residual Sugar: 4.5g/L
Harvest Date: 19th March 2020
Climate: 2020 was a classical growing season with plenty of sunshine, not too much heat through Summer and a return to cool nights preceding harvest, ensuring acidities and flavours remained bright and vibrant. This was all built on good rainfall pre-Christmas, which set the vines up with healthy working canopies that held through to the end of harvest. The weather over harvest was settled and dry, allowing fruit to be harvested in lovely condition.
Winemaking: Made with 100% Pinot Gris from the Whitehaven Estate Vineyard on Pauls Rd, the fruit was machine-harvested and immediately pressed at the winery to ensure minimal skin contact. After settling, we fermented the clean juice at 14-16°deg using an aromatic yeast strain. Once fermented we let the wine sit on light yeast lees for 2-3 months, before filtration and bottling on the 23rd September 2020.
- "Pristine and elegant, the wine shows white flesh peach, Nashi pear, lemon peel and floral aromas, combined with fine texture and refreshing acidity, offering terrific drinking. A beautifully composed and styled pinot gris. At its best: now to 2023." 93/100 Points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ
- "Already drinking well, this ripely scented, full-bodied wine has vibrant pear, peach and spice flavours, gentle acidity and a dry, well-rounded finish." 4 Stars, Michael Cooper, NZ
- "Off-dry pinot gris, with reasonably concentrated pear, stewed apple, honeysuckle and quince flavours. An accessible and appealing wine offering good value at this price." 90/100 Points, Bob Campbell, NZ
- "Pears and red apples, white spices and quince, fleshy stony mineral layers and tropical flower suggestions. On the palate - just dry with a touch of residual sweetness, the core of fruit drives the palate with flavours that reflect the nose. Medium acidity, satin texture, fruits spices moments of minerality and lees. Balanced and well made, ready to enjoy from today and through 2022." 90/100 Points, Cameron Douglas, NZ