Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris

$16.99 inc GST per bottle

Ara Single Estate on the edge of the world is made with grapes from one place, the range aims to deliver consistency of style, balance and flavour. Intensely flavoured fruits ripened by long and dry summers, the grapes used to create these single estate wines have been hand-picked, aged on yeast lees, blended, racked and fined to provide a strikingly different Marlborough Wairau Valley that amplify the remarkable valley story.

Suitable for Gluten Free Diets.

Available in 6 packs

Description

This 2017 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 elegantly structural quality provide length to the finish.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

    • Awards Listed in Chronological Order

 

Melbourne International Wine Competition
Pinot Gris Wine of the Year – 2015 Vintage

 

Winemaker Notes

Grapes were harvested with a range of maturity to contribute a broad flavour spectrum. Following harvest the wine was cold settled then clear racked.

Juice was fermented at moderate temperatures (14 -16°C) using a combination of yeast. These conditions ensured a distinct varietal definition and a fuller bodied, textural palate. Fermentation was stopped when the balance was achieved. Following a short time on full lees the wine was racked to blend, fined and stabilised before filtration to prepare for bottling.

The Wairau Valley

The highly sought-after Wairau Valley is an ancient riverbed nestled between two mountain ranges and bordered to the North by Cook Strait. Broadly speaking, this finite sub-region of Marlborough covers cooler, drier inland sites, barren stony, early-ripening sites to sea-breeze moderated coastal sites. Soils are more gravelly to the north nearer the riverbed. Within this, wines reflect the individual vineyard and producer strengths but all have the hallmark pure fruit intensity and body.

Ara own 13 vineyards in the Wairau Valley and maintain strong long-term relationships with some of the Valley’s best growers. This means Ara consistently have the finest grapes from the region each vintage.

Our favourite meals

Asparagus, Spinach & Lemon Risotto

This recipe is from the kitchen of renowned New Zealand chef, Annabel Langbein who has been ever so generous in allowing us to reproduce it here.

Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup risotto rice, eg arborio
½ cup white wine
4 cups hot vegetable stock
1 tsp salt
ground black pepper
finely grated zest of ½ a lemon
1 tsp thyme leaves
about 20 spears of asparagus, tough ends snapped off and discarded, spears cut into 3-4cm lengths
1 large bunch rocket or spinach, tough stems removed
1 cup shelled broad beans (optional)
1 packed cup (80g) grated parmesan
½ cup toasted sliced almonds
1-2 tsp lemon juice, to taste

Preparation

Heat butter in a medium-sized pot. Add onion and garlic and cook gently for 5 minutes. Add rice, stirring over heat for a minute or two until it starts to toast a little. Stir in wine and allow it to evaporate fully before adding stock, salt and pepper, lemon zest and thyme.

Once stock boils, reduce to lowest heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes, lifting lid occasionally to stir. If the mixture looks at all dry at this point add a little water – it should be very sloppy. Stir in asparagus, cover and cook another 3 minutes. The rice should be just tender and creamy. Stir in rocket or spinach, optional broad beans and most of the parmesan and almonds. Just before serving add lemon juice and adjust seasonings to taste. Serve sprinkled with remaining parmesan and almonds.

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 7.5 × 7.5 × 28. cm
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Quantity

Vintage

2017

Bottle Closure

Alcohole Content

12.5%

Cellering

Drink Now or cellar for 3 years comfortably