Georges Road 2013 Pinot Gris and Riesling

24-Mar-2014
Every wine growing region needs its young, up-and-coming artisans who have a dream, the enthusiasm and experience to make high quality wine of character that represents the region, while adding a difference. Kirk Bray of Georges Road Wines in the Waipara Valley, north Canterbury is one such man. Planting 8 ha of vines in 2004 in a rectangular block on Mount Brown Road, which is just off Georges Road, he has made exceptionally refined Riesling and Pinot Gris whites and a classy Syrah from this site, and a quality Pinot Noir from fruit from the ‘Williams’ vineyard next to Black Estate. For me, the whites are already consistently excellent, reflecting low yields, hand-picking, whole bunch pressing and indigenous yeast fermentation with lees contact, and very little else. Here, I review the new 2013 wines, from a record heat year in the Waipara Valley and a vintage deemed to be the finest ever in the district. Kirk reports the whites are more textural, a little more alcoholic and have a little more residual sugar due to the growing season, the fruit being in outstanding condition. In a new move, he has bottled these under screwcap closure. www.georgesroadwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Georges Road ‘Block Three’ Waipara Riesling 2013
  • Georges Road ‘Selection’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2013

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