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The growing season of vintage 2019 in Marlborough has resulted in a smaller than expected yield across the entire region but also delivered intensely flavoured fruit of exceptional quality. Well established soil moisture levels set us up perfectly for an uncharacteristically warm winter. Spring produced near perfect conditions for bud burst and canopy establishment while a lack of any significant spring frosts resulted in very high yield predictions. Above average rainfall combined with below average wind and sunshine hours in December meant flowering and fruit
set was slightly below earlier predictions. However, almost drought-like conditions from Christmas onwards meant a dry, hot ripening season allowing the fruit to reach intense levels of flavour and ripeness. It also meant that despite some heavy, late season rain the fruit was in immaculate condition come harvest time and in pristine condition on receival at the winery. The highs and lows of the 2019 vintage have thrown some challenges our way but a well-prepared vineyard and winery team significantly reduced the potential impact of these events. The end results are some incredibly concentrated, ripe and balanced wines of extraordinary quality.
Instantly recognisable from its salmon pink colour, the 2019 vintage is delightfully aromatic featuring bright florals and ripe aromas of white peach and honeydew with hints of baking spice. The harmonious palate is fresh and full of flavour — a delicious example of cool climate Marlborough Pinot Gris.