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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.

Critical Acclaim

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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, 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 on its name as well as two generally distinct styles. Pinot Gris in France is rich, round and aromas of honey, while Pinot grigio in Italy is typically crisp, fruity and refreshing. 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 someof the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris. California produces both styles.

In the Glass

Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity, so full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear, and almond skin. Alsatian styles are aromatic, richly textured and often relatively high in alcohol. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is much more subdued, light, simple, and easy to drink.

Perfect Pairings

Alsace is renowned for its potent food–pork, foie gras, and charcuterie. With its viscous nature, Pinot Gris fits in harmoniously with these heavy hitters. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works better with simple salads, a wide range of seafood, and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Outside of France and Italy, the decision by the producer whether to label as “Gris” or “Grigio” serves as a strong indicator as to the style of wine in the bottle—the former will typically be a richer, more serious rendition while the latter will be bright, fresh, and fun.

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