2019 Tatty Bogler Pinot Gris
WAITAKI VALLEY - NORTH OTAGO
Otago’s early Scottish settlers used scarecrows or “tattyboglers” as they called them, to protect their precious crops from the hungry and unfamiliar New Zealand birdlife. Today, that success is celebrated in the raffish image of our own Tattybogler, whose spirit still guards the vineyards of the region.
Cocooned by mountains on all sides, the Waitaki Valley wine-growing region lies 40km inland from the Pacific Ocean on the southern flanks of the Waitaki River. Our warm north west sloping vineyard consists of ancient white limestone soils, inter-layered with river gravels, allowing grapes to truly ripen in this southerly latitude.
Pale straw in colour, the wine shows subtle floral aromas, honeysuckle and fresh ground nutmeg, while Turkish apricot, pear and quince carry through to the palate. The wine has great texture, demonstrating the rich limestone soils famous in this region -its crisp, chalky mineral palate, fleshed out by a creamy oaty oak barrel component. Just delicious.