Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Pinot Gris, Kumeu – 2005

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  • Introduction

    • In the Alsace region of France, Pinot Gris grapes are responsible for producing some of the most exquisitely luscious wines in the world. It is this style of wine that Kumeu River strives to emulate.

      While gris means “gray” in French, the skin of a Pinot Gris grape may appear anywhere from a dappled blue-gray to a pinkish brown, depending on where it is grown. The skins of the Kumeu River Pinot Gris grapes are amazingly bright red. When pressed, the juice has a slight pink color that disappears during the fermentation process to eventually reveal a wine with a lovely pale golden hue.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml bottles
    • Cases Imported: 200 cases
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • RS: 12.0 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • 2005 was an excellent vintage for Pinot Gris. The lower yields combined with terrific summer weather resulted in a wine that is concentrated and luscious.

      The 2005 displays fruit aromas that are very floral and reminiscent of rose petals. On the palate, the wine is characterized by a rich and oily texture that coats the tongue and lingers on the palate. Pinot Gris is a variety that goes well with food, especially rich and intensely-flavored dishes.

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Reviews

  • Pinot Gris, Kumeu – 2005 – 19 Standout Wines – Food & Wine

    “Kumeu River owner-winemaker Michael Brajkovich uses only wild yeasts...to ferment this floral Pinot Gris. It’s full-bodied, with concentrated stone-fruit flavors – no surprise, given the extraordinary quality of New Zealand’s 2005 vintage.”

  • Pinot Gris, Kumeu – 2005 – 87 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Starts off citrusy, but those notes are rounded out by ripe apple and melon flavors. This off-dry, round-in-the-mouth Pinot Gris then picks up subtle spice and pepper notes on the finish.”

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