Our Pinot Gris is an invitation to experience the unexpected. The opulent palate combines stone fruit, apples, juicy ripe pears, and a touch of floral honey before delving into an expressive, persistent finish. The incredible richness in flavor is achieved by meticulously hand-tending and hand-harvesting the vines.
The Pinot Gris is planted on the warm slopes of a north facing hill block of natural un- contoured land, sloping from 55m to 32m above sea level. This site is well suited for Pinot Gris as it is out of the cooler & lower surrounding areas and the soil mix of silt loam and clay provide excellent water holding properties. It is all hand tended throughout the season and at harvest.
A variety of Pinot Gris clones have been planted including, German Geisenheim clone 2/21, new clonal reselections from South Africa, e.g. clones 7a, 14a and 52b and the Berrysmith clone, which provides a full bodied, textural wine with a richness in the mid palate.
Scholar Entrepreneur, and New Zealand native David Teece, and his wife Leigh, believe his homeland “produces some of the best products in the world and aficionados everywhere should have a chance to experience them.”
Mt. Beautiful Wines from North Canterbury reflects their passion for New Zealand. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David and Leigh have found a way to truly encapsulate in the bottle, the climate and the richness of the land. Mt Beautiful is uncompromising in quality and faithful to the terroir.
As pioneers of the North Canterbury region, Mt. Beautiful owners David and Leigh were looking to invest in David’s homeland in a way that would allow expression of their passion for farm-to-table food and wine, while energizing the community to which they are so genuinely committed. By creating Mt. Beautiful Wines and adopting certified-sustainable practices, we are able to be dedicated guardians of the land, and good stewards of our heritage.