2015 Pyramid Valley "Growers Collection - Hutchinson Vineyard" Pinot Blanc / Pinot Gris Marlborough

SKU #1263958

Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate says: "You may think you know New Zealand wines but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea."

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the more fascinating and complex white wines I have tasted in awhile. While it carries all the richness of an Alsatian style Pinot Blanc, with smooth, honeyed melon fruit, and pleasantly plump weight, it also exhibits a surprising structure and freshness. I believe the Pinot Gris adds just the right touch of linear acidity and herbal bite to the wine, making it both full and fresh. The combination is seamless here, and highlights the potential of both varietals.

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- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.