Vintage 2016 began with a dry, settled Spring resulting in great flowering and a correspondingexcellent fruit set. The settled weather continued up to the New Year when wet weather patterns became prevalent which continued into the harvest months. Careful attention to detail in the vineyard paid off with astonishing fruit quality across all varieties in what was undoubtedly a very challenging harvest.
2016 saw the first crop come off our grafted Waiheke Island Pinot gris vineyards;Cliffs, the Beast, Gorse Laneway and Lone Kauri. They complement our Paradise vineyard on Ponui Island which was planted in 2006. All of the vineyards for the Exiled Pinot Gris are planted in the St Helena clone, a beautiful bright pink clone with long loose bunches with intense flavours and aromas of ginger and mandarin.
All fruit is hand-picked then crushed and pressed before settling in tank for 48 hours before being racked with light solids into tank for fermentation. A mixture of un inoculated and cultured yeast ferments are used with each vineyard fermenting slowly until the desired balance of acid, tannin and sugar is reached. The wines are then chilled to below zero to stop the fermentation before blending, the blend is held at low temperatures in the cellar until bottling to retain as much of the natural carbon dioxide as possible.