Mahana Gravity 2015
Nelson - New Zealand
For many people, fine winemaking is an art comparable with anything undertaken by Van Gogh or Leonardo da Vinci. When you come across a winemaker who’s also a passionate painter and a sculptor, with vineyards littered with works of art nestled between the vines, you know you’re in for something truly special and unique. Mahana is an organic winery, based in the Nelson region of New Zealand, and is the latest project undertaken by the visionary minds behind Woollaston Estates, and since the 1990s it has gone from strength to strength.
Today, the winery is run by Glen Schaeffer, a writer, artist, academic, respected collector and talented winemaker, whose passion for high quality organic wines has seen him recently heralded as one of the top vintners in all of Oceania.
Using innovative techniques, gravity presses and small, carefully selected batches, Glen Schaeffer considers his wine as part of an ongoing ‘performance’ - expressing a time and a place in a bottle, to be enjoyed and considered and savoured.
Banjo says: Michael Glover is an idiosyncratic man, making idiosyncratic wines. Having spent time at renowned Geelong estate Bannockburn, he returned to his native New Zealand a couple of years ago to take on new project Mahana. This pinot gris comes from an organically farmed vineyard and offers a complex yet tangy and super moreish wine. Green apple, white pear and delicate florality combine for a dry, savoury and elegant Pinot Gris.
The grape type
The perfect wine for a summer's day. Chill it down and then pop the cork (well at least unscrew the cap these days) and enjoy the refreshing acidity and crisp taste of Pinot Gris.
To note: Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape with slightly different styles.... Gris is made slightly richer.
Fruit: White fruits like nectarines, apples and also lemons and limes.
Other flavours: Almonds, Honey, Ginger
Pinot Gris is a brilliantly flexible white wine, full of refreshing character and crisp fruit flavours. It pairs comfortably with a wide range of vegetable dishes, and works well with white meats, too. However, the classic pairing for Pinot Gris would be a fine fish dish, something like firm salmon or other meaty fish, served with green vegetables or a salad.
We’ve teamed up with talented team at Smudge Eats to match all our wines to their delicious recipes, which they’ve compiled from the country’s top and emerging chefs.
Season matching: Summer
Mood matching: Always a winner
Taste matching: Light