2018 Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris

2018 Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris


Here's a wine to remind you how good Marlborough Pinot Gris can be. 

Pear fruit, layers of fruit, crisp acidity yet a soft finish. The Ara team have nailed the balance on this single vineyard Kiwi white!

Expert Reviews

93 Points - Sam Kim - Wine OrbitExpressing varietal purity beautifully, this gorgeous pinot gris shows poached pear, orange peel, peach and floral characters with a touch of spicy complexity on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with excellent mid-palate weight and textural mouthfeel, finishing persistent and juicy. At its best: now to 2021.

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Pinot Gris
Ara Wines
Cellar to 2023
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How's it taste?

This 2018 Pinot Gris delivers delicate aromas of pear and nectarine which flow through to subtle bush honey and citrus notes on the palate. A textural and elegant structure provide length to the finish.

How was it made?

Sourced from across our Estate in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Ara Single Estate are intensely flavoured wines that amplify the remarkable valley story. These consistent, flavoursome wines tell the tale of making Ara wines on the edge of the world. The 2017/18 growing season was legendary, with the hottest January on record and one of the best flowerings in living memory. Prior to harvest the winemaking team identified clean, bright fruit with lovely varietal characters. Plentiful bunches of evenly ripened grapes were harvested before the spring rain soaked our vines. Fruit was harvested with a range of maturity to contribute a broad flavour spectrum.

Who made it?

As if New Zealand wasn’t already on the edge of the earth, wait until you’ve made the journey to Wairau Valley, Marlborough. At 41.51S 174.01E, we’re literally on the edge of the world. Wedged between rugged mountains on both sides and with two icy rivers cutting a track through, it’s an extreme place. This valley is the definition of raw, untamed, cool climate. To say this presents challenges is an understatement. But digging deep and working in harmony with the environment builds strong character – and strong character makes great wines. In fact, our winemaking and viticulture teams wouldn’t have it any other way. They live to embrace challenge – creating intensely flavoured wines that amplify Marlborough’s remarkable natural story. These strikingly different, complex wines illustrate our ‘Ara’ or path on the edge of the world.

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