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11. Aquarius— 2020 UNKEL ‘Rising Sun’ Pinot Gris




A wild child of a wine for the Aquarian future-tripper. Not for the faint-hearted, this drop is experimental and intriguing. 

Slightly oxidative aromas of custard apple and passion fruit cheesecake. The palate shows light berries, a dominating, zippy passion fruit character, laced with other ambiguous tropical fruits and orange peel. A winding journey indeed. Structured, with lovely phenolic texture extending the Negroni note on the finish. 

Invigoratingly bright. Zinging acidity that wakes you up and an amalgamation of flavours that will keep your mind reeling. 

A wonderfully experiential wine! 


Producer Unkel

Region Nelson, NZ

Vintage 2020

Varieties Pinot Gris

Style Skin Contact Orange

Made Minimal / Lo-Fi

Serve Chilled


Winemaker’s notes

'85% de-stemmed and skin fermented for 5 days blended with 15% carbonic maceration. Matured in stainless steel. Rising Sun is deep peach in colour with complex delicate fruit juice aromas. The palate hits with a burst of berry fruits and orange zest which is intertwined with a punch of complex, soft, mouth-watering phenolics.'


Rob and Kate Burley’s wines, for a number of years were made in Victoria, then for the 2019 vintage they relocated to the Upper Moutere Valley in the Nelson sub-region on the north west tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The 2020 harvest represents the first vintage where they have done all their own farming on their leased block, organically for the moment with biodynamic principles introduced right from the start.



Aquarius Season - January 21 to February 19

Ruler | Uranus - Element | Air - Quality | Fixed


Aquarius, the truth seeker.

Light with possibilities, bright with intelligence and wholly unique. Cool and aloof. 

Interested, opinionated and wonderful. A friend to everyone. Charismatic and eccentric, you possess a relaxed, self-assurance that others are drawn to. A non-conformist at heart, you delight in rocking convention and in your refusal to conform; you are unapologetically yourself.

Generally a tranquil and gentle soul, you are motivated by helping others, not through service or small gestures but rather sweeping, violent change. You possess an intelligence unlike any other; analytical and objective. There is a sharpness to your perception that sees through a different lens. You think bigger than others can perceive.

You know your own mind and won’t have it altered by anyone. Fixed in nature, you are determined in your ideas and dedicated in your beliefs. You innately seek the truth.

Ruled by Uranus, the planet of surprise, innovation and technology. With your occasional erraticism and unpredictability, you are a mirror of its influence. This inclination rejects the archaic in favour of the new. Innovation is the product of research and continuous experimentation. Alert and inquisitive, you are driven by what is yet to be discovered. Attuned to higher spheres of thought.

You have so much to offer the world; light, kindness, intelligence and hope. Yet surrounded by the energy of others leaves you craving space; time alone to mediate on new ideas. The rebel must also be the recluse. It has been said that ‘to stifle an Aquarian is to pin down a butterfly’. So beautiful and fragile, restraining such a creature would destroy it, denying the world the vibrancy of its presence.

Freedom-loving Aquarians are happiest when living their independence.