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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Pinot Gris 2018

10 July,2018

As with most winegrowers, Steve and Eileen Voysey of Spade Oak in Gisborne have found that Pinot Gris is a remarkably marketable wine. The demand for it outstrips that of any of the other aromatic whites. Once, the variety was infamous for its blandness of flavour, supposedly an attribute that made it popular with the masses, but clearly this is untrue, as consumers are far more discerning, and demanding wines with character and detail. This is ideal for Steve Voysey who for me is the winemakers’ winemaker. He is forever working on the vinification, componentry and blending to give a wine that shows greater balance, detail, texture and interest. Here, I review the new release 2018 ‘Voysey’ Pinot Gris, the more accessible of the Spade Oak ranges, but clearly one that receives as much thought and input as the others. This wine takes over from the very successful 2017, and comes from a highly regarded vintage. www.spadeoak.co.nz

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

18+/20

Bright, light straw colour with lemon hues at the heart, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with gently concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits with pears and yellow florals and nuances of honeysuckle. Hints of fresh fermentation esters add to the fragrance and lift. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rounded, but deep heart with concentrated flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, pears, florals and honeysuckle. This has good weight and presence and the flavours are mouthfilling. The wine flows along a very fine, phenolic-textured line with lacy acidity lending freshness and tension, and the wine leads to an elegant finish. This is a fresh, aromatic off-dry Pinot Gris with ripe stonefruit, pear, floral and honied notes on a palate with presence and freshness. Serve with a wide range of white meat dishes and with Asian fare over the next 2+ years. A blend of 90.5% M2 clone Pinot Gris from the ‘Ashwood’ estate, 7% Albarino from ‘Spade Oak’ and 2.5% Muscat from the ‘Fletcher’ vineyard, fermented in tank with 30% in seasoned French oak barriques to 13.0% alc. and 9.9 g/L RS. 18.0+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $19.95

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