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Sea Level ‘Home Block’ Pinot Gris 2017

30 August,2017
The Smail family operate the ‘Sea Level’ Nelson wine brand, based on 8 ha of grapes planted on the 14 ha site at Mariri, opposite the Kina Peninsula. Pinot Gris accounts for approximately half of the plantings, with smaller amounts of Gewurztraminer, clone 95 Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. The vines are tended by viticulturist Dan Manuge who lives on the property, and the wines are made by son Sam Smail, who is better known as the Whitehaven winemaker in Marlborough. While most of the varieties are made at Whitehaven, the Pinot Gris is made at the nearby Anchorage facility to minimise skin contact if the fruit were to be transported to Marlborough. The Pinot Gris is a very successful wine for Sea Level. Here is my review of the 2017. www.sealevelwines.co.nz


Sea Level ‘Home Block’ Nelson Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with a green-gold suggestion. The nose is slender and elegant, but grows in intensity showing pure aromas of white and yellow stonefruits with notes of honeysuckle, and yellow florals. The aromatics possess a degree of poise. Medium-dry to taste, the palate is up-front with blossoming fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits melded with nuances of honeysuckle. The palate has good weight and core with some unctuousness to the mouthfeel. Fresh lacy acidity and some phenolic textures provide a firm, slightly grippy line with plenty of drive, and the wine carries to a lingering finish of stonefruits, florals and honey. This is a fresh, poised medium-dry Pinot Gris with good depth, concentration, some unctuousness and a driven, slightly grippy line. Serve with Asian cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit from the ‘Sea Level’ vineyard, Mariri, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 5.3 g.L RS, the wine aged 2-3 months on lees with batonnage. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $18.95
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