Middle-Earth Wines

Middle-Earth Pinot Gris 2021

Nelson, New Zealand

100% Pinot Gris | 13% ABV


Discover this white wine made from 100% Pinot Gris grapes in the Nelson region of New Zealand. Their 100% sustainable vineyards, produce wines that are balanced and filled with vibrant varietal characters that reflect their vineyards and region. This wine is reminiscent of the grapes found in France with its richer palate, and a touch of fruit sweetness.

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A touch of richness due to optimum fruit ripeness at harvest gives this Pinot Gris a more Alsatian feel with notes of florals, figs, sweet pear and nougat.

Service: Serve chilled at 11°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with pork, poultry, seafood, shellfish, cheeseboards, pasta in white sauce and vegetarian dishes.

Trudy Sheild and Blair Gibbs are the driving forces behind Middle-Earth Wines, a Nelson, New Zealand winery with a strong connection to the Tolkien legacy. Trudy's upbringing on a Hawkes Bay sheep farm instilled in her a humble and grounded approach to winemaking. Her 13-year tenure at Waimea Estates was instrumental in her career, and since taking on the role of winemaker at Middle-Earth Wines in 2016, she has consistently delivered exceptional wines, exemplified by the Middle Earth 2017 Pinot Gris earning a gold medal at the International Wine Show in New Zealand. Blair Gibbs, a seasoned professional with more than two decades of experience in the wine industry, has been instrumental in building an international wine business and fostering strong industry relationships. Over the past three years, he has been closely involved with the Middle-Earth brand. Their shared philosophy centers around crafting wines that embody the region's unique character, capturing the nuances and distinctive qualities of the Nelson region with a strong emphasis on consistency. They understand that a winemaker's true mettle shines in challenging years. In the short to long term, their primary focus is on expanding the Middle-Earth brand, exploring new opportunities, and making quality-driven decisions from the vineyard. Trudy and Blair's partnership has been integral to the success of Middle-Earth Wines, a label celebrated for its exceptional quality and connection to Tolkien's legacy.

Middle-Earth Wines, nestled in the picturesque Nelson region of New Zealand, draws its name and inspiration from the iconic "Middle-earth" created by J.R.R. Tolkien. This family-owned and operated winery, led by the talented winemaker Trudy Sheild, has been on a remarkable journey since its establishment in 2016. With a humble and down-to-earth approach, Trudy, who honed her craft during 13 defining years at Waimea Estates, has lent her expertise to Middle-Earth Wines. Under her guidance, the winery has gained recognition for producing exceptional cool climate wines that truly reflect the essence of the region. Together with Business Partner Blair Gibbs, they are dedicated to crafting wines with personality, showcasing the nuances of the area, and ensuring consistency even in challenging vintages. As they look towards the future, their focus remains on growth, seeking new opportunities, and making quality-driven decisions right from the vineyard, all while carrying forward the legacy of this renowned winery inspired by Tolkien's Middle-earth.

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Middle Earth Wine, located in Nelson, New Zealand, represents a family of winegrowers dedicated to creating exceptional wines with a minimal intervention approach to viticulture. This is a family estate that strives to produce wines that showcase the unique characteristics of their region, benefiting from high sunshine hours, clean air, and water, respecting and preserving the land they cherish. The estate has New Zealand's "Sustainable Agriculture" certification and they have some organic and biodynamic farming practices, but not 100% and with no accreditation. In addition, no animal products are used for fining, making these wines vegan-friendly. They have chosen to source 100% low-carbon electricity from the national grid, reinforcing their commitment to a sustainable future. In the years to come, they envision continuing their commitment to producing great wines and, with the potential involvement of their children, growing and evolving the business while staying true to their values.

White | Still | 75cl | 13% ABV | Contains Sulphites

Recognition: 2018 Vintage: 93/100 – Wine Orbit. Gold medal - NZ International.

Cellaring: Ready to drink now.

Vinification: The machined harvested happened in the cool of the morning, carted around the block to the winery. Once separated, the juice was cold-settled and racked to achieve low solids before fermenting. Hard pressings are settled separately but racked and returned to the mother juice once clarified. The juice was spilt into two ferments and yeast strains were chosen on their ability to impart mouthfeel and emphasize varietal characteristics. Slow cool fermentations in stainless steel further assured fruit-driven flavours were preserved and enhanced. Post ferment the wines were racked off gross yeast lees and allowed to age on fine yeast lees for 10 months. Once a month the lees were gently stirred. The two wines were then blended and prepped for bottling immediately.

  • Vegan - Practising (Uncertified)

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