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Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 – A Re-Look

25 August,2017
As one of the Pinot family, Pinot Gris shares its black-coloured variants predisposition to react to the vagaries of the growing season and factors such as yield in making quality wine. 2016 was a relatively challenging season with summer frosts and lower yields in the Cromwell Basin. However this was off-set by better crops in Gibbston. The start of the harvest was damp, but a very good, long dry autumn resulted in superior Gibbston Valley fruit, so this became the main source of this wine. The cooler conditions and Gibbston fruit have contributed to a wine with minerality and precision. I reviewed the wine in February, earlier this year, and is often the case, this wine has developed with half a year in bottle. Here is my re-look at the wine.


Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, a little paler on the rim. The nose is fresh and tightly bound with intense and penetrating aromas of pear fruit with exotic floral elements, suggestions of honeysuckle and refreshing thirst-quenching minerals. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the flavours of white and yellow stonefruits and pears are entwined with mineral notes to form a finely concentrated core. The palate is firm and has linearity, with fresh, crisp acidity lending a raciness to the mouthfeel. The flavours carry to a sustained, mouthwatering finish of minerals. This dry Pinot Gris has very intense aromatic and mouthfilling flavours of stonefruits, pears, florals an minerals on a brisk, thirst-quenching palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Dustbowl’ and ‘Gibbston Valley Back Road’ vineyards and fermented in stainless-steel tank on gross lees to 11.5% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 2,300 dozen made. 18.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $28.00

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale golden-green hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a fresh, tightly bound and concentrated nose with intense aromas of white stonefruits along with steely white florals and exotic rose-petal elements, unveiling nuances of honeysuckle. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features an elegantly concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with exotic florals and honeysuckle elements. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp with a fine-textured, steely line. The wine carries to a clean, pure, moderately sustained finish with light exotic fruit nuances. This is an elegantly concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit and exotic floral flavours on a crisp and steely, refreshing, fine-featured palate. Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Dustbowl’ and ‘Gibbston Valley Back Road’ vineyards and fermented in stainless-steel tank on gross lees to 11.5% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 2,300 dozen made. 17.5+/20 Feb 2017 RRP $29.99
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