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Alpine Valley and Maui 2017 Marlborough Pinot Gris

17 October,2017
The ‘Alpine Valley and ‘Maui’ brands are sister brands to Royce and Sue McKean’s ‘Tiki’ label. The wines are based on Marlborough fruit primarily from the Upper Wairau, and offer accessible, varietally and regionally expressive drinking. The ‘Alpine Valley’ refers to the growing district of the Upper Wairau Valley, and ‘Maui’ refers to the Maori demi-god who according to legend fished and pulled New Zealand out of the sea. 2017 was a challenging season in that threatening rains required earlier harvesting. As a result the wines are more elegant with more intense aromatic character. The two Pinot Gris reviewed here have good fruit depth which lifts them into quality. The wines are made by Tiki’s winemaker, the very experienced Evan Ward. www.tikiwine.com

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Alpine Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5-/20
Brilliant straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is firm with well-concentrated aromas of fragrant yellow stonefruits with exotic florals and rose-petal nuances, along with suggestions of honeysuckle. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is crisp and refreshing, with tightly bound flavours of yellow stonefruits melded with aromatic florals and hints of honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is refreshing and zesty with a fine core, and the wine flows along a fine line unveiling rose-petal notes, leading to an elegant, dry finish with aromatic fruit notes. This is a crisp and lively, bright off-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit and exotic floral flavour on a fine, firm line. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit from the Upper Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 7.7 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $19.00

Maui Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has an elegant, tight nose with good concentration of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with fresh florals and notes of honeysuckle and minerals. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant flavours of stonefruits and exotic florals, with notes of honeysuckle. The flavours form a finely packed heart, and mouthfeel is lively and refreshing. The flavours carry along a delicate-textured line, leading to a light, nuanced finish of florals and honeysuckle. This is an elegant and finely concentrated off-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruits and exotic florals with mineral elements on a crisp palate. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and poultry over the next 3 years. Fruit from the Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.2% alc. and 7.8 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $20.00
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