PYRAMID VALLEY GROWERS COLLECTION ON SKINS ORANGE 2016

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Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris & Gewurztraminer
The concept of clear, bright white wine is relatively recent (last 50 or so years) and very much the ‘norm’ these days. These 'modern' wines minimise grape skin contact to avoid any colour developing. There is however a move to the ‘ultimate reactionary drink’ where the white wine juice does have skin contact, sometimes fermented on skin, essentially as would happen with a red wine. These wines are known as “orange” wines from the resulting orange hue skin contact gives. Using the traditional techniques of Georgian wines, Orange wine was first championed by Josko Gravner of Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region around 12 years ago. The style has now gained quite a following around the world. Why? These are wines deliberately made for the table. They have a richness and depth like red wine, yet the flavours are unmistakenly white. Here in New Zealand Mike Weersing at Pyramid Valley has made a wine in this style, colloquially referred to as Pyramid Valley Orange.
4 Stars & 18.0/20 Raymond Chan, June 2017​ (2016 Vintage)
"A little cloudy with orange and peach colour, with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is full, broad and well-packed with aromas of ripe peaches, tropical fruits, quince and guavas, unfolding a little spice and citrus notes in a complex amalgam. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has full and rounded flavours of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, peach, quince and guava, entwined with spice, earth and mineral notes and bitter-herb and stonefruit nuances. The mouthfeel features a grainy, textural, phenolic grip providing a firm, underlying line, with soft and integrated acidity. The wine carries with good drive to a long, lingering finish of savoury stonefruits, tropical fruits and exotic elements on a grainy palate with slight bitter and refreshing notes. This is a flavoursome skin contact wine with ripe, savoury tropical and exotic fruits on a grainy textured palate with hints of bitterness. Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris from the ‘Kerner’ vineyard, the Gewurztraminer from Waihopi, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., and dryness, the wine spending 35 days on skins and aged on lees in predominantly seasoned oak, with 100% MLF. 267 cases made."


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