Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pinot Gris

Recently I visited Cracroft Chase, the winery of my friends Wilma and Alessandro Laryn. 
The vineyard is set in a picturesque cul-de-sac valley nestled at the foot of the Christchurch Port Hills, in New Zealand.

Alessandro and Wilma in their cellar.
 The grapes are processed in the onsite winery.

The label carries the name of the original landowners, the Cracroft-Wilson family, settlers who owned all of the Cashmere area in Christchurch as well as the hunting chase where the vineyard is located. In this way a little piece of New Zealand history is preserved. The label name Wood's Edge refers to the peculiar location of the vineyard. Alessandro and Wilma, who immigrated from Italy in 1996, own and manage the property.

Oh! A touch of Italy in the Canterbury countryside! 

You can see why it is called Wood's Edge....

Roses at the end or the trellis.

And some olive trees too...

Label: Cracroft Chase Vineyard - Wood's Edge 2006 Pinot Gris

Wine description: It displays ripe aromas of pears and stone fruit, with a hint of spice. A dry, mouth-filling wine with a long persistent finish. Alcohol: 14.0%
The bottles come with the sticker "RECOMMENDED BY WINESTATE MAGAZINE".

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