Spook Light Pinot gris
Hawke's Bay, Supernatural Wine Co., 2019
Rose gold in colour, with alpine strawberries, cherries and plums on the nose, and a lovely background of exotic spices. Spook Light has a delightful cleansing astringency on the palate with great intensity, opulence and length. This wine is perfectly suited to matching with charcuterie and tapas.
|Origin:||Neuseeland / Hawkes Bay|
|Grape variety:||Pinot gris|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Italian antipasti, Hot Asian dishes, Latin American dishes, Moroccan specialities, Cold fish dish, dried meat|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, fermentation of entire grape|
|Maturation:||in steel tank, on the yeast|
Kia Ora - Welcome to New Zealand!
In the southwestern Pacific Ocean, between Australia and New Caledonia, lies New Zealand, a stunningly beautiful country consisting of two main islands. This island state was first discovered at the end of the 13th century. Aotearoa, or the Land of the Long White Cloud: is what the indigenous people, the Maori, named it. The nation covers a length of some 1,500 km and lies between 34° and 47° southern latitude (compared to our location, this corresponds to Tunis and Paris) and is therefore the world’s southernmost winegrowing country. Its «immediate» neighbours are relatively distant: Australia to the west, Antarctica to the south, with New Caledonia, Tonga and Fiji to the north.
Hawke’s Bay is located in the east of New Zealand’s North Island and is the country’s oldest and second-largest wine-growing region (approx. 4640 hectares), dating back to 1851. Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region for high-quality red wines, accounting for over 80 percent of its total production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Chardonnay and the two varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up around 50 percent of total production at Hawke’s Bay. White and red wines are produced in approximately equal amounts. The region produces a total of 10 percent of all New Zealand wines.
Hawke’s Bay is situated on the 39th southern parallel (which corresponds to Madrid’s location in the northern hemisphere) making it one of the hottest and sunniest areas in New Zealand. A maritime Mediterranean climate, permeable soil types with low natural fertility, hot, dry winds from the northwest, low rainfall and a long vegetation period allow for the cultivation of a wide variety of grapes in the different vineyards. Compared to Europe, some parts of the region are slightly warmer than Burgundy, while others are cooler than Bordelais. Hawke’s Bay has over 25 different types of soil and a particularly high soil diversity. In addition to clay, limestone, sand and gravel, it features the typical Gimblett Gravels, which consists of dry, permeable gravel soil with sandy lime.
Hawke’s Bay has the country’s highest percentage of wineries accredited according to the guidelines of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ): 70 percent of over 170 wineries. Hawke’s Bay is committed to this independently conducted sustainability programme and the number of accredited businesses is growing steadily.
The unique and elegant red wines of this region blend the fruit of the New World with the structure of the old world of wine. Due to its very high quality, which can easily hold its own against the best red wines worldwide, and its competitive prices compared to high-priced world-class wines, Hawke’s Bay continues to grow consistently.
The region is connected to the world via the airport of the city of Napier. Napier is a centre of Art Deco and offers a wide variety of attractions: both architectural and culinary. The nearby Ruahine Forest National Park is the perfect getaway for extended hikes.
Supernatural Wine Co.
For the curious, the cosmopolitan, the devotees of organic and bio-dynamic principles, and most certainly for wine-fanatics: Our novelty from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand is exceptional, exciting, and always leads to exhilarating discourse.
Just eight hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and a miniature vineyard of under a hectare of Pinot Gris – this is viticulturalist Hayden Penny’s demesne. The first tendrils were planted in 1989 on the Tuki Tuki Hills. In 2004, the Collinge family acquired the estate and planted new vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The northward vineyards are situated on hillsides with an incline of up to 30%. The calciferous loamy soil with volcanic influences (Green Glow) and sandy loamy soil sitting on a sandstone base (The Supernatural) produce inimitable wines full of character. The climate resembles that of Bordeaux, though a bit cooler overall.
The vineyard boasts an organic certification since 2015. Further advances revolve around bio-dynamic cultivation. The wines are vinified with as little interference as possible, fermented with indigenous yeasts, are barely or not filtered at all, and bottled with minimal amounts of sulphur. Green Glow and Spook Light are fermented on skins and maintained in contact with the lees for a couple of weeks – not unlike red wines, which explains their intense colour. The Pinot Gris, especially, glows in a beautiful red-and-gold shade.
The unconventional closure makes for another eyecatcher, as it is rarely used for wines. Some wine experts regard the crown cork as the superlative wine closure. And should the lights go out, you will have no troubles finding a bottle of Green Glow: it glows in the dark – for any eventualities.
Hawke’s Bay, situated on New Zealand’s northern island, embodies a paradise for spoilt palates, wine aficionados, and friends of nature. The vineyard is set in Millar Road, a wonderful place to spend a few relaxing days. Guests to the villas can expect any luxury conceivable, tastefully furnished surroundings, and a sublime view past the vineyards out onto the unending Pacific Ocean.
The aromas of the forest
Pinot gris is, like the Pinot blanc, a colour mutation of Pinot noir. All three have the same genetic profile. On occasion, red, grey, pink and white, berries can be observed on the same vine stock. Some are even striped! The best Pinot grises introduce themselves opulently with ripe peach and apricot aromas, slightly woody notes and a bit of smoke. These characteristics are presented, for example, in examples from Alsace, Grauburgunders from Germany, or the representatives from Valais, where the grapes are erroneously referred to as Malvoisie. In Italy, Pinot grigio from South Tyrol and Friuli win out. Wines from this variety are great culinary companions. They get along superbly with autumnal dishes such as risotto with mushrooms or chestnuts.