Gold Medal – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2021
Mount Riley are well known for offering fantastic value across their range with many of their wines achieving highly on the show circuit. This deliciously juicy and very modestly priced Marlborough Pinot Gris has just picked up a Gold Medal at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2021.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"The grapes for this wine were grown in the Wairau and Awatere Valley’s of Marlborough. The Awatere fruit provides freshness and acidity and the Wairau fruit a riper flavour spectrum. Warm summer temperatures made for the perfect conditions to create mouthwatering flavours in this classic Mount Riley wine.
We harvested the fruit during the night in cool temperatures so that the natural flavours and aromatics were preserved. The grapes were gently pressed and the juice settled prior to fermentation. A small percentage was fermented in barrel to accentuate texture and complexity in the wine while the remainder was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain the bright, varietal aromatics.
Aromas of bright florals with apple and pear notes underscored with a fresh herbal seam with compliments of spice. The wine is just off-dry with ripe fruit flavours, rich texture and fresh acidity.
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"This is brightly fruited and charming, showing nectarine, fresh pear, honeydew melon and white floral notes on the nose. It's equally attractive on the palate delivering silky texture and fleshy mouthfeel, gorgeously complemented by whispering sweetness and juicy acidity, making it instantly appealing. At its best: now to 2023."