Estate Range

2009 Mount Riley Pinot Gris

Mount Riley's Estate Range (pictured right) is great quality and value. Each wine in this range is fresh with pure, vibrant fruit flavours and aromas.

  • Awards

    2009 Gold Medal, New World Wine Awards 2010
    2009 5 Stars WinestateMagazine, March/April 2010 Issue
    2009 Gold Liquorland Top 100 2010
    2009 4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

  • Reviews

    Winestate Magazine March/April 2010 5 Stars

    Medium-dry style with excellent varietal character and depth of pear and spice flavours. Floral, fresh and sweet-fruited, with lovely texture, weight and length. Top buy.

    The NZ Herald, 9 June 2010 "Discriminating Choices" Jo Burzynska

    Bright notes of apple and pear mingle with floral nuances and undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg.

    The Press, Wednesday 26th May "Good and grunty" Brian Prebble

    This family-owned winery urges us to enjoy its impressive Pinot Gris with friends. We did - and with whitebait fritters. It was a delightful mix, with the wine - apple-pear nose, stone fruit taste and a spicy finish, backed by a grunty 14 per cent alcohol - undoubtedly the star of the show.

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Marlborough's weather at both bud burst and fruit set was ideal in the 2009 growing year resulting in large potential crops. Mount Riley performed a great deal of work in its vineyards to reduce crop levels and ensure quality over quantity. Warm days and cool nights helped build excellent aromatics while retaining great natural acidity. From March right through to the end of our harvest at Mount Riley, Mother Nature was kind to us - we had virtually no rain and were able to pick when flavour and aromas were at their peak.

Our 2009 Pinot Gris is made from grapes grown in two of Mount Riley's premium vineyards in the heart of the Wairau Valley region of Marlborough. Grapes were crushed and destemmed prior to pressing and fermentation was carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to preserve the lifted aromatics in this wine. It then spent 4 months on lees to build pallet weight and complexity.