A stunningly refreshing wine in a distinct Mediterranean style. It owes this freshness to its incredible dryness and its full flavour profile to a very low crop yield, resulting in a wine with great richness and finesse. The wine is foot pressed in picking bins before being passed into the basket press, with half the juice then being fermented in stainless steel tanks, and the other half in used 500L French oak barrels. This method gives the wine much more depth of character and weight.

A traditional Pinot Grigio with subtle pale straw with mineral notes and hints of yellow plum and dried cut grass. Baked figs and a touch of fresh cinnamon spice. The palate is loaded with fresh apple and pears, with a driven mouth filling citrus finish that lingers pleasantly, releasing pinenut and almond notes.

About the Winery

Located at the end of a country lane, Poderi Crisci is a family-owned vineyard and restaurant with Italian flair and a passion for traditional winemaking. For four generations the Crisci family have been immersed in the art of food and wine. Antonio, born and raised in Napoli, arrived in NZ in the early ’90s quickly making a name for himself in the Auckland scene with the establishment of Toto restaurant in Nelson Street. With his partner Vivienne Farnell they opened Non Solo Pizza in 1996, now an institution in Parnell.

The first merlot vines were planted in 2000. The success of the first vines led to the planting of other grape varieties and vegetable gardens with Poderi Crisci being founded in 2008 and the restaurant opening in 2010. Antonio, a visionary, has transformed the Waiheke Island vineyard into a place people will visit to wine, dine and have ‘layers of experience.’

Just arriving at Poderi Crisci you may well think that you have been transported to Tuscany.

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