2020 Pinot Gris


NZD $42.00

A sophisticated wine for people who prefer dry, textured Pinot Gris. It has aromas of pear and nectarine, with a lovely mineral edge running through the wine. You can drink it now, or put it in your cellar.

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A sense of oak ageing and the spice layers that weave through the bouquet add complexity and intrigue. A lovely example reading for drinking upon purchase and through 2025.

94 Points Excellent

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier (read full review here)


This is a dry, textural Pinot Gris with delicate features and good concentration.

18.5+/20 pts (94 pts)

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (read full review here)


A powerful, full-bodied style of pinot gris, gently seasoned with oak, good complexity, balanced acidity and a fully dry finish. Best drinking 2022+.

4½ stars

Winestate (read full review by subscription here)


The Elder 2020 Pinot Gris


Aromas of ripe pear and nectarine with floral notes come together beautifully on the nose to form an attractive and refined wine. Dry in style, the palate shows lovely weight and texture without cloying and has juicy stone-fruit characters and a pleasant mineral edge running through the wine. A beautiful lingering finish rounds off a serious yet approachable dry style of Pinot Gris.


2020 will be remembered as a truly unique vintage, with the global impact of Covid19 coming right in the middle of our harvest. Fortunately, we were able to work through lockdown (as an essential industry) and complete what has turned out to be very a high-quality vintage. Spring was generally benign – there were several light frosts, none of which were severe, with few of the strong winds we usually get during this time. We then experienced a prolonged dry spell from mid-December right through to late March. This extended warm, dry summer was ideal for ripening, and we started harvesting on the 5th of April. The wine looks generous, with lovely deep colour, fleshy fruit and silky tannins. It has a brooding weight and richness.


The fruit was carefully hand-harvested and gently whole bunch pressed with the juice left to settle for two days. The juice was then racked to tanks where it was fermented using a special Pinot Gris yeast to enhance finesse and aromatic intensity. Towards the end of ferment, half of the wine was transferred to finish in older neutral French oak barrels. After ferment the wine was aged on lees for a further six months before racking and blending back together again. This has given the wine depth and richness on the palate.


The vineyard is located on an elevated river terrace at the southern end of the Te Muna Valley, at the confluence of the Ruakokopatuna and Huangarua Rivers. The grapes are grown in the most sustainable manner possible, with minimal use of irrigation.

(Download Tasting Notes pdf)


REGION: Martinborough
VINEYARD NAME: Hanson Vineyard
CLONES: Lincoln Berrysmith
HARVEST DATE: 12th April 2020
HARVEST ANALYSIS: Brix: 23.5, pH: 3.27,
TA: 6.40 g/L
OAK MATURATION: 6 months old 225L French oak barrels
WINE ANALYSIS: pH: 3.23, TA: 6.40 g/L
Alc: 14.0%, RS: 1.9g/L
BOTTLING DATE: 23th March 2021