Middle Earth - Pinot Gris (2018)
Middle Earth - Pinot Gris (2018)
Middle Earth - Pinot Gris (2018)
Middle Earth - Pinot Gris (2018)

Middle Earth - Pinot Gris (2018)

This wine has layers flavour, textures and reflections of exotic spice on the nose and palate, followed by a saline-like minerality, finishing clean and dry. 

WINERY

MIDDLE EARTH

SCORE

COUNTRY

NEW ZEALAND

PRICE: 

$24.99

WINEMAKER'S NOTES

Straw in colour, light to medium bodied. Aromas of russet skinned pears, honey and spice. Dry to taste -these characters carry through onto the palate which delivers a savouriness and fullness characteristic of wines aged on lees. A pleasing acidity and saline note which speaks of our coastal proximity stretch the wine out to a long finish.

COMPOSICION VARIETAL

100% Pinot Gris.

ACIDEZ

6.15 g/l

ORIGEN

Nelson-New Zeland.

AGING

Nil, stainless steel.

SERVING TEMPERATURE

16–18 ºC

COLOR

Straw in colour, light to medium bodied.

CLIMATE

High sunlight hours and a long growing season give wonderful fruit purity.

PALATE

Dry to taste -these characters carry through onto the palate which delivers a savouriness and fullness characteristic of wines aged on lees.

AROMA

Aromas of russet skinned pears, honey and spice.

WINE DESCRIPTORS

ABOUT THE WINERY: MIDDLE EARTH

Nelson's wine roots were cultivated in the mid-1800s, when German settlers planted the areas first grape vines to produce wine. Our story starts more than 50 years ago here at the same property our family still lives at now. Four generations have and continue to work on our land. From beginnings as a Dairy farm producing milk for town supply, to where we are now. A producer of premium 100% sustainable wines.

OUR SOMELIER REVIEW

Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio… its the same grape! So why does a winery choose one name versus the other?
Pinot Gris is what it’s called in France and Germany where they make a more complex, full body, intense wines with this grape, some even with potential for aging.
Italians use Pinot Grigio which is more common to see and is, usually, a very simple and savory wine.
With this in mind and their goal for the wine, wineries usually chose to use one name or the other.
Something they have in common, both styles are delicious!
The Middle Earth winery is located very close to the sea and sheltered by three mountain ranges. This special terrain gives to the wine an amazing complexity, with minerality, spices and white fruit flavors.
The acidity is bright and super refreshing and the less aging provides a silky mouth filing and outstanding long finish.
This wine has excitement and personality and is so savory that it goes perfect with spicy sushi, paella, curry, and even empanadas… I imagine spinach and goat cheese empanadas for start and an entree of roasted herbs chicken with arugula salad. Cheers!

CRITIC'S NOTES

Concentrated berry and plum aromas are potent. In the mouth, this blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc is massive but also abrasive and narrowing due to fierce tannins. Giant raspberry and blackberry flavors include chocolate and coffee notes. It settles on the finish but remains scratchy out the back door.

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