Ata Mara Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
A beautiful varietal and vineyard expression from Ata Mara, a special site just off Wanaka Road in the Central Otago sub-region of Pisa. Gentle handling from grape to bottle has minimised any unwelcome phenolic extraction and the ferment was stopped at the perfect moment to beautifully balance acid and sugar. The harsh climate, low fertility soils and careful viticulture has enabled production of a wine with finesse and structure, showing excellent varietal character and fruit purity. This single vineyard beauty showcases everything we love about Central Otago Pinot Gris. Beautifully ripe fruit notes of pear syrup, pink grapefruit and white florals are abundant on the nose and the perfectly balanced palate has delicious length of flavour and a delicate, chalky texture.
Crosse Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2016
This 15th consecutive release from Willie Crosse's fantastic vineyard wowed the Tasting Panel with the flavour that can only come from older vines. They scored it Silver and said, "Honeysuckle and lime zest on the nose delivering a beautifully dry palate with good length of flavor and excellent fruit ripeness to balance. Will age well."
One Block Wines Blind River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
One Block Wines is our very own Jo Gear's label with her architect husband, Jason Gerrand. Jo has a handful of favourite sites around the country, and she has a particular fondness for the Blind River Vineyard, high on the seaward side of the Awatere Valley, where this wine started out.