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Woollaston Pinot Gris 2011

Pinot Gris/Grigio from New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

A lifted fragrant nose leads to a palate of poached pears enhanced by ripe stone fruit and spice. A long rich finish is supported by a refined mineral texture.

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Made in a convincingly dry style, this wine’s nectarine and lime notes are joined on the palate by hints of almond. It’s mouthfilling without being fat or blowsy, ending on a bright note of citrus. Best Buy.
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Woollaston, New Zealand
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Woollaston Estates was established in 2000 by New Zealand couple Philip and Chan Woollaston, along with Glenn and Renee Schaeffer from California. Both couples shared a love of literature and art and a desire to showcase what the Nelson environment could offer through wine. Thus, Woollaston Winery and Vineyards began.

Woollaston Estates is a winery that makes dynamic, exciting and thought provoking wines with integrity and without compromise. Our wines are made with respect, a faithful expression of site, season and the unique individuals who nurture, guide and craft them.

We pride ourselves in knowing our wines are grown and produced 100% certified organic, making sustainability a key factor in how we conduct ourselves as a company and group of individuals. Our entire range is from one of our two single vineyards, handpicked and vinified at our four-level, gravity flow winery. We only use indigenous yeasts, we never fine and only filter our white wines (our Pinot Noir never gets filtered) and significant quantities of whole bunches for Pinot Noir. You can taste our distinct soil profile; the well-known Moutere Clay gravels, combined with high sunshine hours and the moderate maritime climate, ensuring wines of personality, distinction and individuality.

New Zealand

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A relatively young but extremely promising wine-producing country, New Zealand is widely recognized for its distinctive wines made from the aromatic, Sauvignon blanc. While this is indeed the country’s most planted and successful variety, it is certainly not the only New Zealand grape capable of delighting wine lovers—and in a very wallet-friendly manner, at that.

The world’s most southerly vineyards are found here, with significant climatic variation both between and within the warmer North Island and the cooler South Island. Overall, the climate is maritime, with plenty of rainfall, as well as abundant sunshine. Producers have almost unilaterally embraced cutting-edge winery technology, resulting in clean, high-quality wines at every price point.

Sauvignon blanc, known here for its trademark herbaceous character, is at its best in Marlborough but thrives throughout the nation, accounting for an overwhelming majority of the country’s exports.

Chardonnay is the second-most important white variety and takes on a supple texture and citrus and tropical fruit aromas in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, respectively. Pinot noir, second behind Sauvignon blanc in national production numbers, is at its best in Central Otago—the moust southerly winegrowing region in the world! These wines are known for bright and juicy red fruit. Taking cues from the wines of Alsace, aromatic varieties like Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer shine in Martinborough, while red Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have found success in Hawke’s Bay. Throughout New Zealand but especially in Marlborough, Pinot noir and Chardonnay are used to produce traditional method sparkling wines.

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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