Little Goat Creek Marlborough
Little Goat Creek is a real place in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley grape growing region. The creek flows from the Richmond Ranges of Marlborough into the Wairau River and this water in turn feeds the fertile land that produces Marlborough’s famous grapes. New Zealand's climate is perfect for producing crisp, aromatic wines - the long summer days and cool nights provide ideal conditions which preserve purity and freshness. Little Goat Creek wines epitomise these factors: wines packed with flavour and showing great expression of variety. The grapes are sourced from organic vineyards. Being organic, these grapes build up a natural resistance to the elements. The skins become thicker producing more flavour.
CHRIS DARLING & BART ARNST
With over 30 years winemaking experience, Chris and Bart teamed up to produce the wines for Little Goat Creek. Both men have a passion for making wine and have worked across the world in countries such as France, Greece, Czech Republic, Australia and New Zealand. Chris and Bart also keep themselves busy producing their super premium range, The Darling wines.
2017 Organic Pinot Gris
Aromas of pear and citrus showing through on the nose. Being a dryer style (6g/L residual sugar) it has a great drinkability due to the freshness on the palate. The pear and citrus notes continue on in the mouth, while having a crisp acid backbone which adds great length of flavour. This wine will drink well anytime complementing white meats, salads and seafood. The canopies were open allowing sunshine and a flow of air which is perfect for producing great Pinot Gris. The growing season was mild with the last month before picking being fantastic conditions. The grapes were picked mid April and allocated into different parcels for fermentation allowing a range of components for blending. Parcels of wine were selected for blending that produced a varietal and classic Pinot Gris. All components were kept on yeast lees as long as possible until blending, adding greater flavour and softness to the wine.