Kelly Washington Organic Pinot Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2020

Intensely golden hued. Hugely savoury and showing notes of ripe autumnal fruits and white flowers. Not your usual new world Pinot Blanc, the wine is powerful and rich, showing the minimal handling, natural yeast and high level of lees in fermentation and ageing. Framed by fine boned acidity and a nice low pH. Delicious!

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Blanc

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Kelly-Washington Organic Pinot Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2020

Tasting Note

Intensely golden hued. Hugely savoury and showing notes of ripe autumnal fruits and white flowers. Not your usual new world Pinot Blanc, the wine is powerful and rich, showing the minimal handling, natural yeast and high level of lees in fermentation and ageing. Framed by fine boned acidity and a nice low pH. Delicious!

Wine Info

The Pinot Blanc is grown on an organic and bio-dynamically farmed vineyard in the Rapaura Subregion of Marlborough. A combination of heavy and light soils have aided to create a deep wine full of great personality and natural balance. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, naturally fermented then rested in old oak barrels for 10 months.

Winemaker Says

Having had the first vintage under our belt, it was wonderful to commence Vintage 2018 having had some experience with our plots and the wines that have translated. Although we did not experience the challenging nature of cool weather over the ripening period in 2018, we did face another difficult vintage with some challenging intermittent rain events, so it was crucial to have a great deal of vigilance and care with picking decisions, and sorting of our fruit. Only the best bunches were picked and made it to be pressed. Fortunately the Pinot Blanc was very low yielding naturally which enabled an early pick with good Brix and flavour ripeness.

Producer Info

Kelly-Washington Wines was established in 2016 by Husband and wife team Tamra and Simon. Tamra is the winemaker and Simon manages all things commercial. Tamra started out her career at Seresin Estate in Marlborough before making wine for various estates in the USA, Australia, and Italy, where at the tender age of 25 was appointed Head Winemaker for a winery in Sicily (with others in Puglia and Tunisia) where she lived for 7 years full time. After setting up a large new winery in New Zealand, and many awards, it was time to get back to her roots, starting a family, and Kelly-Washington wines. Never one to choose the easy path, Tamra also returned to Seresin Estate, as Consultant Winemaker. For Kelly-Washington wines Tamra and Simon seek the most unique and diverse parcels of high-quality fruit, translating this into their elegant and honest wines. Old vines, high density planting, vineyards of altitude, organic and bio-dynamic farming – these are the attributes they seek from the growers they work with. They enforce strict hand harvesting and make use of alternative fermentation and maturation vessels – such as concrete eggs, large barrels and amphora to ensure they only enhance the natural elegance, texture and balance of the fruit they source.

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