MacKenzie’s Pardon Pinot Gris 2010

Takeaways from the Big Pot Asian Buffet in New Brighton for dinner tonight – and what goes well with Asian food? Pinot Gris of course…

This is the final wine of the MacKenzie’s Pardon range that Louise kindly provided for me to review over the last month or so, and what a delight it is too.

MacKenzie's Pardon Range

Wine Maker’s Notes – “Harvested at 25brix, the grapes were pressed and settled in tank. The large phenolic compounds were allowed to oxidise and precipaitate. 48 hours later the clear juice was racked to tank and inoculated with specific yeast strains to maximise aroma. The ferment was conducted with temperature control to allow the aromatic potential to peak. The ferment was stopped early with some residual sugar that balances the phenolic component of this wine. After the ferment the wine was allowed to remain on lees for two months before racking and filtering.”

This wine has quite a deep golden hue almost a light “pear-skin” in colour, and a typical pears, melon with some spicy notes in the nose. The wine has great body with a lovely viscous mouth-feel, again with the pears, ginger and spice – starts off sweet but ends with an intense long-lasting front-of-palate finish. This went really well with the selection of Chinese and Thai food we ate. I scored this wine 17.5/20 or 87.5/100

Thanks to Louise and the team at MacKenzie’s Pardon / Sirens Wines for giving me the opportunity to reviews your wines – and much kudos to you all for the work you do in raising funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation with this range of wines from Waipara

Cheers, JB

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