Wild Irishman - 'Tuturi' Pinot Gris 2021

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This elegant Pinot Gris has a restrained nose, that with patient aeration opens revealing sweet pear aromas and honey. The palate is vibrant, showing a nice concentration which builds to an impressive finish. 'Tuturi' is off-dry with a velvety texture and fresh acidity that will leave you wanting more.

Delicious now, incredible later for those with willpower to cellar.

Available now online via the link below, or stop in and see us to enjoy a tasting with our team who are so excited to present these special whites to you.

Pinot Gris grows well in the dry, sunny climate and free draining soils of Central Otago. The cool nights and extended autumns allow the grapes to achieve rich flavours and full aromatic development producing wines that are concentrated and balanced.

This first vintage from our new “Tuturi” vineyard in the Alexandra basin has undergone a natural fermentation in stainless steel (70%) and barrels (30%).The wine is rounded, textured and finishes dry. 

Harvest date: April 17, 2021

Bottling Date: November 23, 2021

100% whole bunch pressed, fermented using indigenous, “wild” yeasts partly in old barrels (30%), the balance in stainless steel. After fermentation the wines remained on gross lees until just prior to bottling. 

Residual Sugars (total fermentable sugars)= 8,2 g/L

Drink 2022-2030.

Approx 954 bottles available exclusively at Kinross.

Matagouri is a prickly native shrub or tree which grows in the hills around our vineyards in Centra Otago. It’s also known as Wild Irishman, a name which not surprisingly, appealed to an Irishman forming a new wine company 16 years ago. Another Maori name for Matagouri is Tuturi and that’s the name we’ve adopted for our home vineyard in the Alexandra Basin. Apart from the name association, Matagouri, which over the centuries has survived ice ages and predators, is a potent symbol for the stubborn determination needed by grapegrowers and winemakers in this rugged and challenging landscape.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR WILD IRISHMAN WITH PINOT GRIS

First White Wines For Pinot Specialists 

In November 1981 Wild Irishman founder Alan Brady planted Cental Otago’s first Pinot Gris in Gibbston. It was one of half a dozen varieties he was trailing at the very dawn of the wine industry in Central, and Pinot Gris showed early that it liked conditions here. Now, 40 years later he’s produced two new Pinot Gris wines for his Wild Irishman label, one of them again breaking new ground as a blend of three varieties not often seen together outside Alsace in France.

“It’s very nostalgic for me to be working with Pinot Gris again after all these years,” says Brady. “There was very little of it growing in New Zealand back then but like the Pinot Noir we planted here in the early 1980s, the variety took off and became one of New Zealand’s favourite whites.”

Since he founded Wild Irishman in 2006 the company has been specialising in single vineyard Pinot Noirs and the two new white wines are part of the a growth strategy for the next five years. Both wines come from a mature vineyard in the Alexandra basin acquired by Brady’s daughter and son-in-law in January 2021. He says in addition to three hectares of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris he was thrilled to get his hands on .5 hectare of Pinot Blanc and Muscat in the new block.

“It’s less than 20% of the blend but the impact of the Muscat in particuar is intriguing, lifting the aromatics and adding layers of interest to the palate.”

Brady believes Central Otago’s dry climate, stony soils and long cool autumns provide ideal conditions for these varieties, very similar to Alsace. Keys to success will be keeping yields relatively low and timing harvest to achieve a balance of ripeness which maintains acidity with the grape’s inherent roundness. 

“One of the problems with Pinot Gris is that it’s made in multiple styles from dry to sweet and in between and the variety lends itself to that. But consumers can be confused. We’ll be aiming at the dry end of the spectrum. Pinot Gris is a full bodied wine. In that respect they say it’s the white grape that’s closest to red wine. So even when it’s made dry it can develop wonderful richness and opulence with bottle age - if you get it right.”

The wines are made at the Prophets Rock winery in Bendigo where the Wild Irishman team works alongside winemaker Paul Pujol who has wide experience with the variety here, in Oregon in the United States and in France where he was head winemaker for a leading Alsace producer for thee years.

“Paul’s been patient and generous with his knowledge of the variety,” says Brady. “For us he’s the head coach and he’s had a big influence on our approach to these wines.”

Alan Brady. 

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