Tom mcdonald (1907-1987) devoted his lifetime to producing outstanding new zealand wines at the site of the current church road winery. Celebrating tom's vision and entrepreneurial spirit, church road mcdonald series wines are complex, textural and full of character. With church road mcdonald series pinot gris we have aimned to explore a lush alsace-style wine that relies on the latest possible harvesting to provide an aromatic and full-bodied expression of the variety. The key to this wine is leaving the fruit to ripen longer on the vines, allowing it to shrivel slightly before harvest. As well as increasing the concentration of the wine, this accentuates the expressive floral and spice notes of the variety. To balance the alcohol in the wine, the ferment is stopped and the wine retains a medium level of sweetness, balanced by fine acidity and a firm structure to produce a wine that is opulent without being cloying.