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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Canterbury, New Zealand
  • W&S90
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

2015 was an exceptional vintage for Pinot Gris with fruit that was spectacularly aromatic. Two batches were hand-picked in the earlier pick emphasizing aromatics and good acidity. The later pick of very ripe fruit focused on unctuous concentration and texture. Hand harvesting, gentle whole bunch pressing, and fermentation in a mix of old oak and stainless steel tanks contributed to the silky texture of this wine. The Pinot Gris juice is then aged on yeast lees to add required elements to the palate structure and aromas.

Pair Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris with pasta, chicken, salmon, pork and especially rowdy dinner guests.

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Pale and toasty, this wine’s creamy texture carries the flavor of macadamia nuts and an overtone of peach blossoms. It’s clean, firmed up by a little tannic grip. Serve it with sliced pears and farmer’s cheese.

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Mt. Beautiful

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Mt. Beautiful, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Scholar Entrepreneur, and New Zealand native David Teece, and his wife Leigh, believe his homeland “produces some of the best products in the world and aficionados everywhere should have a chance to experience them.” Mt. Beautiful Winery from North Canterbury reflects their passion for New Zealand. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David and Leigh have found a way to truly encapsulate in the bottle, the climate and the richness of the land. Mt. Beautiful is uncompromising in quality and faithful to the terroir.

As pioneers of the North Canterbury region, Mt. Beautiful’s owners David and Leigh were looking to invest in David’s homeland in a way that would allow expression of their passion for farm-to-table food and wine, while energizing the community to which they are so genuinely committed. By creating Mt. Beautiful Winery and adopting certified-sustainable practices, we are able to be dedicated guardians of the land, and good stewards of our heritage.

Canterbury

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On the central eastern coast of the South Island, Canterbury includes a collection of small and varied subregions. The region is cool and dry with low rainfall and light, infertile soils. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are well-suited here, with Pinot Gris coming in third place.

Pinot Gris/Grigio

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Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris wine. California produces both styles with success.

In the Glass

Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity but full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to its Italian counterparts. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often much lighter, charming and fruit driven.

Perfect Pairings

The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Given the color of its berries and aromatic and characterful potential if cared for as it is allowed to fully ripen, the Pinot grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.

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