Clos St William Wines in the Alsace of the South

16-Mar-2012

One of New Zealand's wine industry gentlemen, Kim Nankivell, with his wife Fiona, set up Clos St William Wines in the Waipara Valley to grow Riesling and Pinot Gris. This North Canterbury region has been called the ‘Alsace of the South' due to its ability to grow first-rate grapes that also star in Alsace. The vineyard and wine label is named as a tribute to the Nankivell's son who was lost to cancer at the age of four. The vineyard, on the corner of S.H.7 and Bain Road is 5 ha in size, the soils glacial and alluvial gravels, planted only to Riesling and Pinot Gris, and the wines made by the highly respected Jeff Sinnott, using the nearby Crater Rim facilities. The wines are grown and made with ‘Old World' styles and philosophies as the base. The 2011s come from a more elegant vintage and follow the more substantial 2009s, with no wines from 2010 released. www.closstwilliamwines.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Clos St William Waipara Riesling 2011
  • Clos St William Waipara Pinot Gris 2011

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