Neck of the Woods ‘Madhouse’ Pinot Gris 2020, a closer look:
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Grape: Pinot Gris
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Food pairing: Think spring-time barbecue with this Pinot Gris, gently spiced lamb kofta with fresh mint tzatziki, grilled fish or even halloumi. You could certainly go vegan too with charred asparagus with lemon zest and wild garlic pesto.
Parcels of fruit were hand-picked from a 20 year old vineyard in Gibbston in mid-April 2020. Whole bunches were loaded into the press and the juice gently extracted over a three hour cycle with no press cuts. The juice was settled in tank overnight before being racked to neutral barrels (11%) and stainless steel tanks (89%).
The stainless steel ferment was kept cool at 14 degrees whilst the barrels were left to their own devices reaching warmer temperatures which is particularly important for a drier style of wine.
The wine in barrel was kept on lees for three and a half months with no stirring and the stainless component was racked off gross lees post fermentation. The resulting wine is complexly layered with great ageing potential and endless food pairing possibilities.
Looking for something more textural and oily? This is sure to float your boat.