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Neck of The Woods Orange Pinot Gris 2019

AT FIRST SIP-Blood orange, cardamon, gold nectarine, red apple, and ginger. oiliness and tannin dance around each other before giving way to some seriously fresh apple drenched acidity. Dry, spicy and tannic. AFTER A FEW-You can have this both, we mean all ways, with all food… all bases are covered!

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AT FIRST SIP-Blood orange, cardamon, gold nectarine, red apple, and ginger. oiliness and tannin dance around each other before giving way to some seriously fresh apple drenched acidity. Dry, spicy and tannic. AFTER A FEW-You can have this both, we mean all ways, with all food… all bases are covered!

About This Wine

Neck of The Woods  "doesn't make mass produced sh*t". This bold and unapologetic producer is focused on small batch, hand crafted, minimal intervention wines. They are the new kids on the block, in the stunning heart of Central Otago; Bannockburn.

The pinot gris grapes were hand harvested on the 12th of April and fermented in a 1500 litre open top fermenter with approximately 25% whole bunches and the rest destemmed.  Minimal cap management was done with one foot plunge per day during ferment and a gentle cap wet as needed thereafter.   

The wine was pressed in a small basket press when the tannins were in harmony with the other layers in the wine.   

The total time on skins was 26 days. The wine was aged in neutral pinot noir barrels and underwent a complete malolactic fermentation. This wine was bottled without fining and filtration in February 2020.

 

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Once your payment has been approved, we will book your delivery in through Sendle via either Couriers Please or FastWay / Aramex, for next available pickup. Please allow 4-5 days for most metro areas and up to 10 days for more remote places, (although delivery may occur sooner than quoted). Please note that wine will only be delivered to persons over 18 years of age. You will receive an email notification once your order has been dispatched.

It's up for debate between Patagonia and Central Otago as the most southern wine region in the world. Either way, that gives you an idea of just how far south it is. This means short winter days and long summer days, all with dramatic shifts in temperatures often within mere hours. 

Central Otago was pioneered by a handful of producers, in various corners of the region; Rippon in Wanaka, Black Ridge in Earnscleugh/Alexandra,  and Gibbston Valley wines and Chard Farm in Gibbston Valley. The early 80s marked the beginning of commercial winemaking in the region with this dedicated quartet. Taking their advice from local farmers and stone fruit growers. In a blink of an eye in wine terms, Pinot Noir from Central Otago quickly emerged on the world stage with an impressive debut. The region shot to fame in Pinot circles for the quintessential NZ 'pungency', expressive and sometimes enormous flavours. The 2000's marked the coming of age for the region as winemakers and viticulturists began to refine their last 20-30 years experience with this semi desert region. 

The Sub-regions of Central Otago are listed from south to north are; Earnscleugh/Alexandra, Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn, Lowburn, Bendigo, Wanaka and Waitaki (although in North Otago, the region is so small it's best to consider it alongside Central Otago)

Today, Pinot Noir is barely over 5% of New Zealand's wine growing acreage, and most of it is (upwards of 80%) is still planted to Pinot Noir. Riesling is the dark horse here as well as some extra lithe yet lush Chardonnay. Pinot Noir here under the best producers have reached a stage of elegant power, singing natural acidity and perfume yet with that oh so satiating 'Otago' suppleness. 

Our favourite producers from the area are;  Akitu, Alpine Wine Co., Felton Road, Burn Cottage, Mount Edward, Prophets Rock, Rippon and Valli.

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