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Dunnolly Estate 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris

08 August,2017
Peter and Felicity Parish established Dunnolly Estate with the purchase of 10 ha of bare land on Church Road in Waipara with the help of their son Matt in 1995. They planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines in 1996. The business is family run with Peter, a director of the company tending to the viticulture, daughter Nicky, based in Marlborough as the hands-on winemaker, and Matt, also a winemaker, based in the U.S.A. Initially operating as contract growers, they introduced their own brand, ‘Dunnolly Estate’ in 2009. 3.500 cases are made for the international market, but a domestic presence is being re-stablished. Single vineyard wines are made from their vines in Waipara, with parcels of other fruit including that from Marlborough sourced by Nicky supplement the range. Here, I review the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and the Pinot Gris from Waipara.


Dunnolly Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with up-front aromas of pungent passionfruit along with hints of tropical fruits and fresh herbs. The aromatics show good depth, unfolding a little cut grass and notes of snow peas. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate s crisp and taut with an elegant and moderately concentrated core with flavours of passionfruit, fresh herbs, cut grass and snow pea. The fruit is bright and refreshing with cooler spectrum notes, and the mouthfeel has zesty acidity providing energy and liveliness. This has linearity, and the flavours flow along a tight phenolic line, leading to a brisk, racy, lingering finish. This is a crisp and racy, taut and elegantly concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with fresh passionfruit and herb flavours. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit fermented to 12.61% alc. and 3.1 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $18.50

Dunnolly North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, very light on the edge. The nose is subtle in expression, but has a good core of fresh white and yellow stonefruits entwined with exotic floral nuances and hints of pears and honeysuckle. This has aromatic fruit clarity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a tight and firm core of white and yellow stonefruits along with exotic florals, pears, honeysuckle and herbs. The wine has good linearity and flows along a light-textured phenolic line enhanced by balanced, fresh acidity to a dry, light finish. This is a firm and tightly bound, dry Pinot Gris with yellow stonefruit, exotic florals, honey and herb notes carrying along a fine-textured line to a dry finish. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 2-3 years. The second release of a Pinot Gris. Fruit from three sites in North Canterbury, fermented to 13.96% alc. and 4.8 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 17.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $19.35
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