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Oyster Bay Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris White Wine 750ML

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The Hawke’s Bay region located on the East Coast of the North Island is one of New Zealand’s warmest grape-growing climates. The summer growing season experiences plentiful sunshine, but due to its inland elevation also experiences cooler night-time temperatures that allows fruit to ripen slowly. The day/night temperature difference keeps acid levels high in the grapes throughout the crucial ripening period, ensuring the development of the crisp acidity, flavor intensity, and aromatic characteristics of our Pinot Gris wines. Soil Type The Hawke’s Bay region located on the East Coast of the North Island is one of New Zealand’s warmest grape-growing climates. The summer growing season experiences plentiful sunshine, but due to its inland elevation also experiences cooler night-time temperatures that allows fruit to ripen slowly. The day/night temperature difference keeps acid levels high in the grapes throughout the crucial ripening period, ensuring the development of the crisp acidity, flavour intensity and aromatic characteristics of our Pinot Gris wines. Soil Type Over the passing of time, the old Ngaruroro River laid down deep, gravelly beds, which were subsequently exposed after a huge flood in the 1860’s. In the 1980s growers identified this stretch, which continues for approximately 800 ha, and named it the Gimblett Gravels. The zone has proven to be ideal for the production of excellent red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. An eclectic region on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay extends from wide, fertile, coastal plains, inland, to the coast range, whose peaks reach as high as 5,300 feet. While the flatter areas were historically more popular because they are easier to cultivate, their alluvial soils can be too fertile for vines. In the late 20th century, the drive for quality led growers to the hills where soils are free-draining, limestone-rich and more suited to producing high quality wines.

Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot Grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot Gris wine. California produces both styles with success. Where Does Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Come From? Pinot Gris is originally from France, and it is technically not a variety but a clone of Pinot Noir. In Italy it’s called Pinot Grigio (Italian for gray), and it is widely planted in northern and NE Italy. Pinot Gris is also grown around the globe, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand. No matter where it’s made or what it’s called, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio produces many exciting styles. Tasting Notes for Pinot Grigio

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