Middle-Earth Wines Pinot Gris 2020
Middle-Earth Wines are located in the prized wine region of Nelson, a lesser known area of New Zealand that is tucked away in a nook on the northern end of its southern island. They named their winery after the region’s location which is considered the geographical centre or “middle-earth” of New Zealand, synonymous with the Middle-earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Launched in only 2011, the winery is family-owned and operated, and they work 50 hectares across multiple vineyard blocks planted on well-draining, ancient alluvial soils. Their sheep provide natural grass and weed control. From their 100% sustainable vineyards, they produce several ranges of cool climate wines that are balanced and filled with vibrant varietal characters that reflect their vineyards and region. Middle-Earth is their premium line, featuring three whites, a red and a rosé. A touch of richness due to optimum fruit ripeness at harvest gives their 2020 Pinot Gris a more Alsatian feel with notes of figs, sweet pear and nougat.
Robin says '"Pinot Gris" is actually the same variety as "Pinot Grigio" but one is French whilst the other Italian, offering two distint wine styles. Middle-Earth's version is reminiscent of those found in France with its richer palate and a touch of fruit sweetness.'
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