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Primary Notes: Apple / Pear Peach, Melon Melon Lemon / Lime Flint, Clay
Secondary Notes: Nutty
Dryness: Very Dry
Acidity: Medium +
Origin & Awards
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Grape: Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)
Fermentation: Organic, Vegan
Serving Temperature: Best served between 6–8 degrees.
Asian Food Pairing:
Western Food Pairing: Seafood of all sorts, spaghetti alle vongole, creamy garlic mushrooms
Loveblock Pinot Gris 2021
Loveblock Pinot Gris is pale yellow with golden touches. Elegant aromas of rock melon, pear cider and grass. Dry and medium-bodied on the palate with a linear acidity, lingering mouthfeel and fruity flavours. Asian pear and lemon flavours with a touch of tinned peaches, rock melon and flinty minerality.
100% Pinot Gris. The grapes come from Loveblock's certified-organic estate vineyard, the Triangle. The vineyard is in Lower Dashwood, Marlborough, with alluvial silt over stone soils. Organic management decreases the vigour of the vines, reducing berry size and hence overall yields.
To make dry Pinot Gris, the vines are managed to give physiological ripeness at low Brix so that the wine is not overly alcoholic. Organic management does this for Loveblock, as the competition from the wild flowers and grasses forces the vines to struggle. Once the grapes are ripe, the fruit goes through machine harvesting and membrane pressing immediately (no preservatives in the field to reduce the grape phenolics). Floating and inoculation of the juice follows. Next is cool fermentation with an organic yeast in order to optimise the aromatics. Fermentation ends once the wine achieves balance.
Ageing potential: Cellar up to 10 years.
How about a Marlborough Red? Check out Satellite Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Ripe, pure, fresh and elegant bouquet with a silky unfurling of aromas including fresh bosc pear and red apple, white nectarine and honeysuckle. Equally fresh, ripe and seductive on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, a fine leesy texture, a touch of saltiness, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. Delicious, repeatable and food friendly. Best drinking from purchase and through 2023.
Old World-inspired and elegantly complex, the wine shows apricot, poached pear, Gala apple and subtle savoury notes on the nose, followed by a beautifully weighted palate displaying lovely vibrancy and persistency. It's delightfully textured with zesty acidity, offering splendid drinking. Certified organic. At its best: now to 2025
Appealing musky pear-drop aromas lead on to a just-dry palate of juicy tinned peaches and pears. The creamy, quite weighty mouthfeel is nicely balanced by flinty mineral acidity, giving a gentle but succulent wine that would be delicious with roast pork.
- 90 POINTS
Bright, pale yellow, lighter on the rim. The nose is vibrant and straight-forward, aromas of quince and pear entwined with a touch of cinnamon and ginger. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, fresh aromas of nashi pear, quince, along with lemon form a lively core, enliven by ginger and cinnamon spices. Acidity is mouthwatering, provide freshness and cleanse to the palate. Subtle lemon peels and spices lend a bright finish. This is a bright, straight-forward Pinot Gris with flavours of quince, lemon and spices on a refreshing and smooth flow. Match with pulled pork and Japanese dumplings over the next 2-3 years. Machine-picked, fermented to 12.5%, 5.2 g/l RS. BioGro organic certified, vegan friendly. — Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews Dec 2020.