Grapes: Pinot gris + Pinot noir
Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Soils: Alluvial + Clay + Gravel
Vinification: Whole bunch Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris co fermented for 4 days, pressed and fermented in stainless.
Aging: 6 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: Kindeli wines, which is run by Alex Craighhead, is found in the Upper Moutere of Nelson. Here he works works organically to raise varieties such as Pinot Gris, Riesling, Syrah and Pinot amongst others. His vines are a healthy ecosystem. Sheep are encouraged to walk the vineyards to chew away any unwanted weeds and also helps thin out the leaves. This helps increase the soil health (think about it) and also reduce yields Around and between the vines he works with cover crops of clover and local trees. This further helps the soil health and biodiversity of insects and birds for his site. With such a keen eye on their own fruit they also buy in some organic grapes from local growers with similar thinking for viticulture. In the winery he only uses natural ferment and often begins his ferments with a creating a small ‘starter’ ferment to the side to kick off. With a historic preference for 'wild' wines, this has been backed off in recent years to pursue more transparency & purity in the wines.
Invierno is a blend of Pinots, with Noir making up 75% and Gris the remainder. The fruit, which was whole-bunch fermented, stems from his organic estate vineyards, pun very much intended.
This is spicier, stalkier and more full-bodied than other Kindelis yet it is still light-hearted rather than serious, and it is of course free of any added preservatives.