Made from pinot noir grapes, the Vin Gris is hand-picked and then pressed very gently on a champagne press cycle, picking up just the slightest blush. Originally we made this wine so we would have something to enjoy with seafood— having enjoyed making the wine, drinking it and watching the development of flavours over the last few years, a second vintage was on the cards for the 2014 harvest. We have called the second vintage of this unusual and interesting wine, “Alpino” - an Albino Pinot from the Alps...
The resulting wine is vibrant and refreshing with floral and pear aromas and crisp apple on the palate.
92/100. Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.co.nz
Made from 100% Pinot Noir which explains the faint blush of colour from a brief period of skin contact. The wine is dry, but not searingly dry, with an initial hint of sweetness and a drying finish. Mineral, stone fruit/apricot and cherry characters are evident. A serious and successful example of its style .
Yvonne Lorkin, NZ Herald, 13/6/15
Vin gris is what you get when you make red grapes into wine the same way you would a white wine. This example made by Mark (Mac) Mason from pinot noir grown on the foothills of Mt Pisa is superb. Pinot bunches are pressed on a "Champagne" press cycle and only the free-run juice is fermented. A splash of pinot gris is blended in to flesh out the finish. The result is a ballet-shoe pink wine bursting with rose apple, anise and nashi notes.