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Cross Hares ‘Ahuriri Run’ Canterbury Pinot Gris 2016

14 February,2018

Cross Hares is the Canterbury wine brand of Natalie and Warrick Edwards, who in 2014 purchased a 1.5 ha vineyard on the Christchurch-Akaroa Road in the foothills of the Port Hills, entrancing Banks Peninsula. The vineyard was originally planted by Helen and Grant Whelan of Kaituna Valley Wines in 2002 but had fallen into a poor state. The Edwards set about revitalising the vineyard with its 2,400 Pinot Gris and 2,600 Pinot Noir vines with technical advice from Glen Creasy. The have contracted Haydon Good of The Crater Rim to make their wine. In 2016, they picked 14 tonnes of fruit for The Crater Rim and 3.5 tonnes of Pinot Gris for their first own wine, named after the land of the ‘Ahiriri Rum’ farmed by the Rhodes brothers in the 1850s . I review the wine here. www.crosshares.nz

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Cross Hares ‘Ahuriri Run’ Canterbury Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5+/20

Bright, even straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with vibrant white and yellow stonefruit aromas along with subtle savoury yellow floral fragrances and honeysuckle notes, unfolding nuances of chalky minerals. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has lively and up-front fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits with honied and yellow floral elements. The fruit possesses richness and is enlivened by bright, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good vigour and energy along a fine-textured line, leading to a lingering, zesty finish of stonefruits and florals. This is a bright and vigorous off-dry Pinot Gris with rich stonefruit, floral and honied flavours. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 3+ years. Fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and approx. 6.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees. 17.5+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $20.00

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