The Apatu Farm Pinot Gris is an old French clone (Entav-Intra 457) where the bunches are made up of normal sized berries as well as very small berries (hen and chicken). This effect gives a much more intense flavoured wine
The Apatu Farm Pinot Gris was harvested on the 6th of March in near immaculate condition. The juice was left to macerate on skins for a few hours before being gently pressed. The ‘free run’ portion was put into stainless steel tanks and was co-fermented using two different yeasts. The ‘press’ portion was run off into old French barrels and was fermented using wild yeasts.
We have blended the funky, fatter, oilier press portion back in with the cleaner, fresher more fruit driven portion to give a more complex interesting wine. The 2014 Beach House Pinot Gris has a luscious fruit laden palate of pears, figs and quince. A touch of spice and ginger rounds out this glorious example of Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris.