100% Pinot Gris


100% Marlborough single vineyard from our home Waihopai Valley vineyard.


Fruit was predominantly hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed with 3 separate fermentation techniques employed. 45% was fermented slowly with high solids in stainless steel for 40-50 days, building weight whilst preserving aromatics. 17% was fermented warm and fast in French oak puncheons with the lees heavily worked post ferment building savouriness and a strong textural element. The balance was fermented normally with clean juice in stainless steel over 25 days, preserving purity and delivering a lovely line to the palate. No acid, alcohol nor sugar adjustment has been used in this wine.


  • 17% fermented and aged with heavy lees stirring for 2 months in seasoned French oak bariques.


  • Alcohol 13.46%
  • pH 3.49
  • Acid 5.8g/L
  • Sugar 2 g/L


Bright pale straw yellow.


Lifted aromatics of quince, spiced pears, stonefruits, beeswax and yellow florals.


A rich yet dry palate with pure flavours of quince, spiced pear, peach and florals. Flavour builds on the palate and combines with subtle lees and oak derived notes to give a layered and sustained mouthfeel, underscored with fresh acidity and mineral notes.


Lovely to drink on its own or match with Asian cuisine, charcuterie or white poultry dishes.


As with the 2012 version this wine was a pleasure to be involved with. A single block from our home Waihopai Valley vineyard, we were able to optimise aromatics while retaining acid to
produce a balanced elegant wine with a moderate alcohol level. Various techniques focusing on retaining lovely ripe aromas and flavours while at the same time building richness and texture have been employed to make a flavoursome, mouthfilling yet dry white wine.

Pinot Gris is a variety that will build flavour in the bottle with time. Drink with confidence
through until 2017.

Peter Jackson – Winemaker

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2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris
Huon Hooke Wine Reviews, April 2014

90 Points.

Medium to light colour, with a faint ramato copper tinge. Peach fuzz aroma, straighforward and ripe. Quite a rich palate, with the merest tinge of sweetness, but it winds up dry. Stone fruits to fi nish.

2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2014

5 Stars.

A stylish dry Pinot Gris, the elegantly perfumed bouquet shows white peach,
lemon/lime, pear and fl oral aromas, leading to a focused palate thats finely
textured and well balanced by bright acidity. A portion of the juice (17%) was
fermented in oak puncheons followed by lees stirring. At its best: now to 2017.

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2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, November 2013

4 Stars.

Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush, pale edged. The
nose is very fine in expression with gentle aromatics of white florals, exotic
fruits and honeysuckle at the core and a fresh cut. Dry to taste, the palate is
elegant and refined with softly concentrated exotic floral fruits, rose-petals,
spices and honey. The mouthfeel is smooth and follows a satin-like line with
balanced, lacy acidity providing good tension and youthful drive. The flavours are
carried to a long, well-focussed finish with lingering aromatic nuances. This is a
stylish soft-textured dry Pinot Gris with exotic fruitiness. Match with Asian cuisine
over the next 3-4 years.

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