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Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

22 November,2017

mouCatherine Keith and her father Tony Rutherford operate Mount Brown Estates in North Canterbury. Owning three vineyards in the Waipara Valley, they have the resource of well-established vineyards and mature vines, to make their wines. Winemaker Frank Manifold is very experienced, and has made highly creditable wines across a broad spectrum of varieties. Frank reports that Pinot Gris was a success in what was a cooler growing season marred by rain for some varieties and styles. Here, I review the 2017 Mount Brown Pinot Gris.


Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright pale straw-yellow colour, lighter edged. The nose is softly fresh with fragrant aromas of white stonefruits and pears, with exotic floral lift, a little honeysuckle and nuances of fresh fermentation esters. The aromatics form a fine, tight core with good depth. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with fine intensity of tightly-bound flavours of white stonefruits, pears and exotic white florals. The palate has very fine textures and bright acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine flows with good linearity to a lingering, subtly-nuanced finish. This is an elegant and refined, intense dryish Pinot Gris with white stonefruit, pear and exotic floral flavours on a fresh, fine-textured palate. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3+ years. A single estate wine, cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with approx. 10% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 8 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on gross lees. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $15.99

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