When we first planted the vineyard, we were fortunate to obtain cuttings of the small berried Pinot Gris clone, thought to be derived from the original Pinot Gris pre-phylloxera stock from Alsace which was imported into New Zealand in 1886. This clone has low cropping levels, and the flavour and concentration of the fruit produces wines of power and texture.

The very dry vintage, and the cool evenings prior to picking produced a level of concentration of flavour and richness. Once again, the wine is pale straw coloured, with intense varietal notes of pear and quince. It is a wine with both texture and balance.