Mahana 2012 Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc

04-Jul-2013
The profile of Woollaston Estates in the Upper Moutere, Nelson has risen markedly over the last year and a half, giving notice that they are joining the ranks of the leaders of the region. The Woollaston and Schaeffer families have seen their vineyards become certified BioGro organic, and the arrival of Shane Munn as winemaker has meant the use of more sophisticated winemaking to increase the complexity of the wines. The three tier portfolio is becoming fully utilised, with the ‘Tussock’ label as the entry level, ‘Woollaston’ being the premium brand and ‘Mahana’ for the limited terroir-expressive releases. Mahana, meaning ‘warm place’ in Maori, is the location of the winery and company’s Pinot Noir vineyard. Formerly an apple orchard, the label depicts an apple tree. The wines will only be produced in outstanding years. I tasted the 2011 ‘Mahana’ Pinot Noir in April this year (click here to see), and now I review the 2012 Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. There is a Riesling under ‘Mahana’ also, and a Chardonnay will be bottled in the near future. www.woollaston.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Woollaston ‘Mahana’ Nelson Pinot Gris 2012
  • Woollaston ‘Mahana’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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