Arriving from Holland in 1982; Har, Sophie, and the Eradus kids settled in Auckland. After a 20 year stint in the flower industry the decision was made to sell up and search NZ for a semi-retirement project. A vineyard in the stunning Awatere Valley, Marlborough, a valley that was later going to become renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Upon development, completion and launching the brand with the “Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2002”, Har and Sophie realised a vineyard and wine label was a proposition far from semi-retirement. In 2004, Hanna and Michiel Eradus took over the reigns. Apart from laying the foundations for a great wine company, Har and Sophie also discovered the Eradus logo. When cleaning up the old shed, Sophie found an old “pot belly” door with an embossed logo. Looking carefully, you can make out an “H”, “S” and “E”… Har and Sophie Eradus. It was meant to be! The team is completed by Jeremy, the “Viti with the Midas touch”, and Jules, the Winemaker.
Bright, soft pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim, The bouquet is elegant with aromatic and penetrating array of aromas of white stonefruits, exotic florals and honeysuckle, lifted with fresh fermentation esters, all expressed with delicacy. Dry to taste, this is tightly concentrated with flavours of white stonefruits and honeysuckle forming a refined, textural core. This has fruit extract and a hint of unctuousness, the mouthfeel balanced by fresh, lively acidity. Long, lingering, aromatically nuanced finish. This is a very elegant, dry Pinot Gris with very attractive and exotic aromatics.