The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2018

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2018
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In 1155, despite the de Mariscos possession of Lundy, King Henry the Second, for political reasons, gifted the island to the popular Order of the Knights Templar. However, the de Mariscos refused to relinquish it and were fined for not doing so. They remained a constant Thorn in the King’s side, retaining possession of the island for nearly 90 years.



Sourced from the Waihopai River Vineyard.


100% Pinot Gris.


The advantageous climate of vintage 2018 provided a welcome start to what would be a very successful harvest period. A sustained warm Spring meant our vines got off to the best start possible, which further encouraged the notion of a blessed Marlborough season. The start of Summer brought one of the warmest Decembers on record, while the key ripening months of January, February and March 2018 continued to provide above-average temperatures. With the unpredictability surrounding weather patterns towards the end of March, our team took the challenge to start harvest early. From day one we accumulated as much fruit as possible, resulting in one of the fastest intake periods on record. Quality viticulture, the ability to effectively manage our harvest teams and a big front door are some of the key reasons why we were able to create such vibrant wines – typical of the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough.


Grapes for this wine were harvested later in the growing season to allow full ripening of the synonymous Pinot Gris flavours and acid profile. Whole bunches were pressed into mostly stainless-steel tanks with a minority being transferred into oak puncheons. Fermentation was carried out with cooler temperatures to retain the bright stonefruit aromas. Oak portions were stirred on a weekly basis to promote mouthfeel and roundness with the wine being assembled after 3-4 months on light lees.


Alcohol                 14.5%
pH                         3.58
T.A                        6.0g/L
Residual sugar      4.8g/L


Rich aromas of ripe peach, apricot and grapefruit are intertwined with a nutty, spicy oak character. The lush palate invokes stone fruit flavours supported with an opulent texture derived from barrel componentry. The wine finishes deliciously dry with a bright citrus acidity.


We recommend imbibing this wine with something special. Try our 2018 King’s Thorn Pinot Gris with paua ravioli in a burnt butter sage sauce and shaved pecorino cheese.


2 – 3 Years.


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