The colour of this 2014, is slightly straw, with gold tints. There is a very slight hint of that ‘gris’ hue. The nose shows an apple and pear notes, coupled with strudel; typical of Pinot gris. Underneath all that is a faint pear skin element that goes directly to the palate. Lovely grainy texture- a slight baked pip fruit note and a texture that exhibits a delicacy rather than running on high octane alcohol and sweet sugar. Stylish rather than fruit blown giggle juice would be a crude, but accurate way of putting it. Some of our Pinot gris have progressed through the cellar with remarkable aging ability. I would like to think this one may, but I would think a shorter cellaring proposition may be called for, it’s just so lovely now. I would be pleased to be incorrect in this assumption – do contact me with your thoughts as I very much enjoy what the public think. It’s just that this wine is quite expressive now, why wait? Take these moments of pleasure whilst one can, I say. This wine has a pleasing acid that frames and articulates the palate – this means, when you put it in your mouth, it’s the acid that firms the flavours, carries the characters through the length of the palate, then finishes with a deft flick – much like a tennis player, probing his opponent with a rally then positioning himself to angle a quick spinning ball to the faraway corner. Game, set and match.

In brief: Poised, elegant style of Pinot gris, light straw/gold hue, plenty of pear, apple and strudel notes, stylish and focused palate. Superb finish. pH 3.48, TA 7.2g, Alcohol 13.4%, RS 6.1g/L Screwcap, RRP $30

 

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Raymond Chan Review
17.5

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with a hint of gold and a suggestion of blush, lighter on rim. The nose is full and softly concentrated with restrained aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, savoury honeysuckle, nuts and lifted florals. The aromatic detail unfolds in delicate layers revealing a core with depth and presence. Dry to taste, the fruit expression is somewhat shy, showing ripe white and yellow stonefruits with nuances of honey and minerals. This has richness and presence on palate, and the soft and rounded textures contribute to positive vinosity and drive. A fine phenolic line underscores the fruit and extract, carrying the win to a soft, lingering finish with savoury stonefruit and honied nuances. This is a subtly flavoured dry and savoury Pinot Gris with depth, intensity and vinous presence. Match with most white meat courses over the next 3-4+ years. Estate fruit from 20 y.o. ungrafted vines, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.4% alc. and 6.1 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 17.5/20 Sep 2014 RRP $30.00