2019 Print & Press Pinot Gris, Marlborough
Firstly, we should be clear that we have used a crown seal cap even though this wine is not sparkling or pétillant natural. This is to leave minimal metal on the bottle for better recycling. The style of the wine is driven by skin contact. The grape is pinot gris, which has golden-purple skins that have lent a beautiful shade of orange to this wine. Hand-picked fruit from Marlborough’s Awatere valley, 30% left as whole bunches and 70% destemmed, was fermented with wild yeast on skins for 18 days. The wine was pressed off its skins and transferred to an old barrel, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and matured until spring. We made a minimal addition of sulphur before bottling unfiltered and unfined.
Labels are individually hand printed, woodblock prints carved from Japanese cherry wood and printed on Italian art paper. The labels are applied as a sleeve and sealed with beeswax so they can be removed from the bottle for reuse and recycling. There are three different designs, which are printed in different colours, so a case of 12 will have an assortment of colours and designs, with up to 12 variations. 600 bottles made.