Sporting a beautiful bright copper-colored robe that is reminiscent of the finest Alsatian Pinot Gris and the increasingly rare, sublime examples of this varietal from Italy's Alto Adige, the Hans Marlborough Pinot Gris pushes the envelope on winemaking in New Zealand and makes the most compelling case of any New World producer for fashioning excellent, multi-faceted Pinot Gris. Fresh, vigorous, scented, and savory, there is nothing but pure drinking pleasure in this wine. One discovers in this magical Pinot Gris the allure of the grape as well as the wonder of great winemaking and tastes the freshness and purity of the hand-picked, physiologically ripe fruit fruit for which Herzog's wines are renowned, without a trace of residual sugar. This remarkable Pinot Gris, organically grown, cold fermented, and bottled unrefined and unfiltered, calls to fore the essence of spring, the freshness of the sea, and the ethereal, indescribable quality of a rare, patently elegant white wine. In short, one must taste this wine, drink it, and then ponder its purity to appreciate its true greatness because Hans Herzog's Pinot Gris is a monument to the varietal. You will enjoy this wine well chilled for its simple elegance, freshness, and purity of flavor; bu,t if allowed to open in the glass and achieve cool room temperature (60°-65° F), the 2007 Hans Marlborough Pinot Gris blossoms and portrays much more than overt charm and simple elegance. It writes the book on the varietal and reveals a whole new dimension in white wine. However, we must warn you: this wine slips ever so effortlessly down the throat, which makes it easy to miss the 14% plus alcohol that it embodies. Consider yourselves forewarned! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2011.