From the winemaker:
Our Pinot Gris is an invitation to experience the unexpected. The opulent palate combines stone fruit, apples, juicy ripe pears, and a touch of floral honey before delving into an expressive, persistent finish. The incredible richness in flavor is achieved by meticulously hand-tending and hand-harvesting the vines.
The Pinot Gris is planted on the warm slopes of a north facing hill block of natural un- contoured land, sloping from 55m to 32m above sea level. This site is well suited for Pinot Gris as it is out of the cooler & lower surrounding areas and the soil mix of silt loam and clay provide excellent water holding properties. It is all hand tended throughout the season and at harvest.
A variety of Pinot Gris clones have been planted including, German Geisenheim clone 2/21, new clonal reselections from South Africa, e.g. clones 7a, 14a and 52b and the Berrysmith clone, which provides a full bodied, textural wine with a richness in the mid palate.
The 2013 was a good vintage following a successful owering. We hand picked excellent fruit in two batches. An early pick emphasized aromatics, harmony with good acidity, and a later pick that was very ripe with unctuous concentration and texture. The texture is emphasized through hand harvesting, gentle whole bunch pressing, and fermentation in a mix of old oak and stainless tanks. The Pinot Gris is then aged on yeast lees to add required elements to the palate and aroma.
From the winemaker: Allan Scott Family Winemakers vineyards are largely planted on the stony, free draining mid-Wairau Valley river flats. The vineyards are sustainably managed, and with the care given...
90 points Wine & Spirits This is smooth and generous, with smoky lees notes that last alongside the rich pear and apple flavors.
93 points James Suckling Amisfield's Pinots are typically bathed and soft, delivering supple flesh and plenty of satisfaction, and this doesn't disappoint. Neatly spiced dark-cherry and plum fruits on the...