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TOSQ Central Otago 2016 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir

10 November,2017

The Thompson family own 15 ha of land in the Pisa region of Central Otago and produce wines under the TOSQ label, the letters of which stand for ‘T’ for father Carl, who is known as Thomo, ‘O’ for son Oscar, ‘S’ for mother Sue and ‘Q’ for son Quinn. They established 4 ha of vines, planting from 2001, and released their first own-wines from the 2009 vintage. The 3 ha ‘Terrace’ block with Pinot Noir was certified BioGro organic in 2016 and the 1 ha ‘Roadside’ block, planted to Pinot Gris and a little Flora is in conversion, with certification expected in March 2018. The TOSQ wines are made at the Maude facility by Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen and their team. Here, I review the 2016 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir. www.tosq.co.nz

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TOSQ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17.5+/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant and finely concentrated with fresh aromas of white stonefruits harmoniously entwined with subtle notes of honeysuckle, nuts and minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated and gently sweet and rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with an amalgam of honeysuckle, nuts and minerals. The palate is refreshing and has a taut line with a fine phenolic thread and balanced acidity, leading to a light, lingering nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated and finely presented dry Pinot Gris with subtly rich stonefruit, honied, nutty and mineral flavours on a taut, fresh palate. Match with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Roadside’ vineyard, 50% fermented in tank and 50% in barrel to 12.4% alc. and 4.8 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $26.00

TOSQ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20

Dark, even ruby-red colour with slight purple tints, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full with a well-concentrated core of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruits integrated with soft, fragrant thyme herb notes and a touch of undergrowth and red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and intense, well-concentrated flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with subtle thyme herb complexities and light undergrowth and earthy detail. The palate features a firm core with fresh, lively acidity providing good energy and linearity. The sweet flavours carry to a long, sustained, elegantly proportioned finish. This is a sweetly rich Pinot Noir with elegantly concentrated dark-red berry and savoury herb interest on a lively palate with good linearity. Match with wild duck and pork dishes and casseroles over the next 6+ years. Clone 115, 5, Abel, 777 and 667 fruit from the ‘Terrace’ vineyard, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% French oak barrels. 18.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $36.00

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