100% Pinot Gris with the majority from Framingham's own Condors Bend vineyard, and a smaller percentage from the managed Dry Hills vineyard, both in the Marlborough region.
Each parcel of fruit was hand-picked and bunch-pressed. Juices were predominantly fermented spontaneously in old oak barriques and acacia puncheons, with the remainder being fermented warm in stainless steel. Components were aged on full lees for 7 months.
This Pinot Gris is designed to be a world away from the typically austere old world "Pinot Grigio" style of wine. Framingham let the grapes stay on the vine until a little later in the season.... and it turns out to be worth the wait! The aromatics are reminiscent of pear, apple, dough and cream, with hints of wood smoke. The palate is intense and richly-textured, with stonefruits and custard flavours, and a good line of acidity.
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