This Pinot Gris has an excellent mouth feel and concentration with an array of stone-fruit,
pears and quince flavours showing great delicacy and harmony.
Ideal serving temperature: 15°C
· 100% Blackenbrook fruit from our Home block
· Moutere clay soil with a layer of sandy loam
· All vines grafted on site
· Clones: Mission, Larcomb, KWV 7A
· Focus on healthy soil and sustainability
· After a good Nelson summer with plenty of sunshine, we headed into a wet February.
Fortunately the good weather returned and we enjoyed a picture-book harvest with warm
days and cool nights – excellent conditions for flavour development.
· Hand-picked and hand-sorted from 16 to 24 April at optimum ripeness
· 24.6 – 25.8 Brix
· Whole bunch pressed
· Gravity-fed from press area to main winery
· Cool fermentation, stopped at 10g/ltr natural residual sugar.
· Extended fine lees contact in stainless steel
· Minimal pumping and gentle filtration
· Bottled on 31 July 2009 under screw capsules
· 15.0% Alcohol
Daniel Schwarzenbach and his wife Ursula produce one of this country’s most striking Pinot Gris.Winestate Magazine
In the classic mould of Alsace, Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris is typically a powerful, high-alcohol wine, enticingly floral, with a strong surge of peach, pear and spice flavours, hints of apple strudel and honey, gentle sweetness and lovely vibrancy and richness.
This powerful, single-vineyard wine was hand-harvested at over 25 brix. Very ripely scented, it is a strapping wine (15% alc/vol) with fresh, rich flavours of stonefruit, lychees and spices, gentle sweetness (12 g/litre of residual sugar) and finely balanced acidity.[91/100] Wine Orbit
A distinctly Alsace-style wine, it should blossom with cellaring.
Another impressive offering from this boutique Nelson producer, displaying pear juice, tropical fruit and subtle spice characters on the nose. The palate is engaging and richly textured with succulent sweetness (12 g/l), bright acidity and an opulent finish. I'm surprised to find the alcohol at 15% as it certainly didn't taste like it. At its best: now to 2013.
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Blackenbrook is a relatively new Nelson estate that has swiftly established itself as one of the most exciting producers of Aromatics in the region.
Blackenbrook Pinot Gris 2009 is full-bodied, textural and viscous with great emphasis on the pear-like fruit. Concentrated and gently sweet it is a great follow-up to the gorgeous 2008 rendition.The Nelson Mail
This is another wine designed to stand the test of time. The big, rich mouthfeel is there predominantly because of the huge 15 per cent alcohol. The alcohol is high because the sugars have been fermented out, resulting in a drier-style wine packed with ripe flavoures but without being too sweet. A beautifully balanced delight.