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Red Deer Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014

03 August,2017
Red Deer is the brand name of Waitaria Bay Estate, a property with a 5 ha vineyard established in 2004 in the Marlborough Sounds by Chicago businessman Stan Simpson. The name refers to a herd of red deer that live on the estate. Willoughby and Laurie Roodt look after the day-to-day running of the estate. This is possibly the only commercial winegrowing business in the Sounds. The vineyard has Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Viognier, but the latter variety was top-grafted to Pinot Noir recently. Bart Arnst is the viticulturist, and he is instituting organic regimes. The Marlborough Sounds is seen as a challenging area to grow grapes, but the individual style and sound quality to date shows there is merit. Here, I review the 2014 Pinot Gris, made by Hugh Girling at the Sugar Loaf facility.


Red Deer Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, near colourless on the rim. The bouquet is soft and clean, with light, uncomplicated aromas of white stonefruits and suggestions of pear and honeysuckle, with nuances of savoury, nutty secondary development. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light, clean and delicate flavours of white stonefruits with hints of honeysuckle, and nutty secondary elements. The mouthfeel is fresh with lacy acidity, and the wine flows smoothly along a fine line, leading to a stonefruit-nuanced finish. This is a clean, light and uncomplicated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit flavours and nuances of honeysuckle and hints of development. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 2+ years. Pinot Gris fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 12.6% alc. and approx. 5 g/L RS. 15.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $20.00
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