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Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2018

12 September,2018

Phil and Rosemary Minehan own the Morepork Vineyard on Puketotara Road, Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands. Their vineyard was planted over 2007, 2008 and 2010 with Barrie clone Pinot Gris, and they have less than 1 ha of vines. Their first vintage was in 2009, and they contract Rod McIvor at the Marsden Estate facility to make their wine, approx. 200-250 cases annually, which is sold mostly to the local market. Here, I review the new 2018 release. The wine is very consistent in standard with other vintages I have tried, this may be being more accessible at an early stage. www.moreporkvineyard.co.nz

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Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

17+/20

Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with gentle aromas of yellow stonefruits with notes of apricots harmoniously entwined with yellow florals and some nutty and honeysuckle notes. This is up-front and very accessible, Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of yellow stonefruits, apricots and honey are gently mouthfilling and show with a little unctuousness. The fruit is up-front and reveals pear notes, and the wine flows smoothly along a soft lne with soft, balanced acidity. The wines carries along a very light phenolic-textured line, leading to a honied finish. This is a soft and gentle, up-front off-dry Pinot Gris with yellow stonefruits, apricots, honey and pear flavours, showing some smoothness. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Morepork’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 7.0 g/L RS. 220 cases made. 17.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $24.00

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