On Giants’ Shoulders Pinot Gris 2017






Alcohol                        13.1%

pH                                3.35

T.A.                               5.5g/L

R.S.                               1.4g/L

Harvest brix                  21.9


Harvest                        09.04.16

Bottled                        March 2018

Bottles Produced        903




With vines planted in 1982, our four-hectare vineyard has been producing classic Martinborough wines for nearly 35 years.




A mixture of German clones planted in 1988 and 1999, the vines are reaching good maturity.  Our intention in the vineyard is to balance lower sugars with acidity and phenolic ripeness.  The aim is to make dry Pinot gris with a phenolic backbone to drive palate definition.  To do this we employ substantial shoot positioning and green thinning, shoulder removal, and light leaf removal on the Eastern side of the canopy.  This vintage was the first year we moved away from irrigation, relying on natural rainfall. Where possible, all vineyard work is undertaken by our dedicated family members, friends and community.




Hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard, picking took place on the 09th April.  In the winery, the fruit was pressed over four hours to high pressure to extract phenolics.  Left overnight at ambient temperatures, 40% was run to neutral barrels with the remainder in tank on full solids. Ferment commenced naturally after four days, allowing significant oxidation of the juice.  Ferment was completed after six weeks at warm temperatures, and remained in barrel, on gross lees and un-sulphured until December 2017.  The wine was blended and filtered prior to bottling in March 2018.



Reviews (1)

1 review for On Giants’ Shoulders Pinot Gris 2017

  1. Raymond Chan – wine reviewer

    17.5+ / 20

    Bright golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and gently full with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with hints of creamy barrel-ferment, and a nutty lees and oak amalgam adding richness and interest. This has delicacy and vibrancy. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has finely concentrated but restrained flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with light notes of lees and oak. The fruit forms a firm heart with light phenolic textures and balanced, lacy acidity. The wine flows to a concentrated, stonefruited, nutty and minerally nuanced, lingering finish. This is a fresh, finely concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit flavours and nutty lees and oak detail on a firm-lined, fine-textured palate. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 4 years.

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