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Larry McKenna

Escarpment Gris 2016

  • Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
  • Total acid: 6.6g/L
  • pH: 3.27
  • Residual sugar: <1g/L
  • Total dry extract: 19.8g/L
  • Closure: Screw Cap
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Grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the Martinborough Terrace during a perfect growing season for the district. A warm dry summer allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully producing opulent fruit avours combing beautifully with barrel fermentation to create Burgundian inspired Pinot Gris.

Flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding nish. A dry style has enhanced the fruit avours Pinot Gris is renowned for.

Part of our ongoing innovation with this variety is to explore skin contact. The fruit was crushed then soaked overnight before ferment giving a slightly deeper colour but increased fruit avour and texture in the nal wine. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has also improved the texture and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes.

A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate re ection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to ve years or more, successfully.

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