Akarua Pinot Gris
100% Pinot Gris
Region: Central Otago
Sub Region: Bannockburn
Akarua Estate Vineyard
Vineyard block(s): Clutha Clones 20/15 and 20/21, Cairnmuir White Barry & Larcome clones
Aspect: North / West
Vine orientation: East / West
Height above sea level: Ranges from 219 - 250m
Soil: Young alluvial, schist based sandy/silt and very sandy free draining loams.
Vine age: 14 years Clutha, 6 years Cairnmuir White
Trellis System: 2 cane VSP
Pruning: shoot thinned, crop thinned to 3kg/ fruit per vine Clutha and 1.8kg/fruit per vine
Picking date(s): Blocks harvested at optimum ripeness 31 March-10 April 2011
Growing conditions: A cooler, wetter season overall.
Grower Degree Days: 1042 (Clutha), 983 (Cairnmuir White) GDD
Rain mls: 312mm for Sept-April growing season.
Ferment Vessel: Stainless steel tank and 15% in old neutral oak barriques.
Yeast: Inoculated – various strains
Fermentation Temp: 11-13°
Post fermentation lees contact: stirred once a week for 6 months.
Bright and clear with a pale golden hue.
Well structured with a richness and poise that typifies Akarua Pinot Gris.
Lifted aromas of orange blossom and pear juice.
A lush layered palate with white peach and citrus flavours. The wine finishes with a zesty punch of fresh ginger and orange peel tang.
Viticulturalist • Gillian Wilson
Winemaker • Matt Connell
Bottled • Feb 2012
Brix at Harvest • 22-24
Alcohol • 14 %
Residual Sugar • 9.8g/l
Titratable Acidity • 8.0
pH • 3.2