Ceres Swansong Pinot Gris 2017
Some chalky minerals unfold with eration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has intense and concentrated flavours of white stonefruits, acacia and exotic florals, along with nuances of honeysuckle. This has very good depth, and the mouthfeel follows a very fine, textural, phenolic line with soft and balanced acidity. The palate flows with good drive to a lingering finish. This is a tightly bound, exotic fruited dry Pinot Gris with palate weight and texture, and good drive.
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"An example of Gris that has a New Zealand stamp on it with aromas and flavours of ripe white fleshed tree and stone fruit with pear and pear skin then Asian pear and white peach; light white spice on the finish with just a hint of sweetness." -Cameron Douglas (MS)
2017 was an interesting growing season to say the least. A wet warm spring enabled fantastic early growth with plenty of moisture in the soil to keep the vines happy. A marked changed occurred in December where temperatures dropped, and we entered one of the least memorable summers in recent history. Poor weather in December caused flowering to last up to 3 weeks which drove lower crop levels throughout Central Otago. A longer slower ripening period was thankfully finished off by some warmer periods in March which enabled everything to reach full ripeness.
- Pinot Gris
- Central Otago
- Screw Cap