Porters PG 2013 copyWhen we first planted the vineyard, we were fortunate to obtain vine cuttings of the small berried Pinot Gris “mission” clone, thought to be derived from the original Pinot Gris pre- phylloxera stock from Alsace which was imported by the monks at The Mission (in Hawkes Bay) into New Zealand in 1886.

This clone has very low-cropping levels, but the flavour and concentration of the fruit produces wines of power and texture.

This wine is pale straw-coloured, but bright, with intense aromas of pear and stonefruit. On the palate it is rich, with great texture and a long crisp lingering dry finish.

Enjoyable as a stand alone wine, but also a wonderful partner for platters of all sorts, or spicy foods.

The wine is drinking well now, but will also reward some years in the cellar, where it will develop further richness and complexity.

Raymond Chan Wine Review

Soft, pale straw-yellow colour with a little blush, pale on rim. The nose is fresh and firm with well-packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and apricot kernels, revealing delicate honeysuckle, spice and floral nuances. Dryish to taste, restrained flavours of stonefruit kernels, yellow florals and honeysuckle show with an earthy, flinty note. The mouthfeel is dry and textural with the light sweetness and discreet acidity providing the balance to avoid austerity. The flavours blossom on the finish. This is a tight, dry-textured European Pinot Grigio styled wine that will match seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years. Pinot Gris fruit from the ‘Old Block’ from 20 y.o. vines, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and 5.8 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 180 cases made. 17.0+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $30.00