Grava produces high quality Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc using modern viticultural and oenological methods, but in a boutique vineyard and winery. The grapes are grown with sustainable viticultural practices, and are hand-harvested, to ensure that fruit of optimum characteristics is produced to ferment and blend into wines of excellent quality.
Viticulturalist and winemaker Alistair Gardner oversees the viticultural activities during all stages of vine upkeep, crop growth and fruit harvesting, to ensure the grapes delivered for processing and fermentation have the best possible qualities. He then uses modern and traditional oenological methods, coupled with knowledge gained from extensive international experience, to produce wines of the highest quality.
Attention to detail, and the use of time-honoured methods coupled with the latest oenological knowledge, characterise the grava vineyard and winery operations.
The three clones of Pinot Noir grapes grown at grava are the Dijon clones 115 and 777 and Abel (the “gumboot” clone). The Pinot Noir wines made are clone blends - offering optimum aroma and flavour characteristics, making grava Pinots excellent examples from a region famous for this variety.
The 2015 grava Pinot Noir shows complex savoury and fruit aromas, followed by a well-structured palate with a long, elegant finish. This wine has not been fined or filtered.
grava Riesling is cold macerated on skins for a short time, then gently pressed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks with a small barrel component. The resulting wine has enticing aromas, great texture, and a strong acid backbone, which will ensure graceful ageing over the coming years.
The 2015 grava Riesling is distinguished by its citrus fruit character and a crisp mineral finish.
grava’s Rosé is produced predominantly from a single Pinot Noir clone, picked early to ensure lively acidity to back up the fruit forward characters which represent a great Rosé. The wine is given minimal skin contact in the press - resulting in a subtle salmon-coloured wine.
The 2015 grava Rosé was fermented in 500 litre puncheons to produce a fruit-driven wine with a layer of mineral complexity.
Made from ripe grapes, grava Sauvignon Blanc has a subtle array of tropical fruit characteristics, and a soft mid palate as a result of time spent on fine lees. The wine has a long finish, is food friendly and is a surprising twist on typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2015 grava Sauvignon Blanc was whole-bunch pressed to produce a wine with refined fruit characters and distinct minerality.
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