Chard Farm Pinot Gris 2019

Chard Farm Pinot Gris 2019

  • Pinot Gris
  • New Zealand, 750ml

Floral and pear aromas with fig and date dried fruits leading to nice nutty notes in the background. The fresh pear and floral flavours highlight a lively and textured mid palate, before a dry saline tone brings back the nutty flavours for a long palate.

  • Winery: Chard Farm
  • Varietal: Pinot Gris
  • Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Light seafood & vegetable based risottos, salads & sauces; fried fish & Fish & Chips; mushroom risotto; Hummus

"Our Pinot Gris is made from fruit grown on our Tiger and Sinclair vineyards in the Parkburn area of Cromwell. All the grapes are hand harvested and fermented in small lots in stainless steel tanks helping to retain fruit purity and finesse. The wine is full, dry and textural, it displays excellent fruit structure, intensity and mineral length." Chard Farm

"In August 1986 I set eyes on Chard Farm for the first time. In those days we were part of a small band of pioneers - I was a university graduate and failed (badly) computer scientist. I had just arrived back in NZ from studying winemaking in Germany. A chance encounter with a cousin who worked on an orchard called Chard Farm, near Queenstown piqued some interest in Central Otago. With wife Gerdi (a nurse from Germany) we went down to Central Otago to check out the strange viticultural endeavours of the fledgling Central Otago wine pioneers. We liked what we saw, fell in love with the farm and Kayfa the cat, and started to manage the farm as an orchard. Soon after arrival and out rabbit shooting one gorgeous, balmy, central Otago evening, I had an epiphany - I could see the farm as a fully planted vineyard (Gerdi hates this story and thinks it's way too dramatic!). My father was quickly summoned (with chequebook! ) to have a look. Brother Greg came on board as well. In those days the advice was simple, do not plant anything down there at all, or if you are foolish enough, then plant some obscure early ripening Germanic variety such as a Scheurebe or Gewurztraminer. However we persevered and with a lot of help from family, friends, [german nurses] and locals in those early years we got there. Over time we expanded our vineyard plantings into the Cromwell basin where we now have four vineyards and built a winery on the home block in the early 90's. However even then we were still seen as an oddity without much hope. A classic quote at the time by a New Zealand wine writer who may wish to remain anonymous, summed us up - If Central Otago wine producers think they can produce premium quality wine, they are seriously deluding themselves. It wasn't until the mid 90's that we were taken seriously - the rest is history. Thank god for pinot noir." Rob Hay


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