Q Wine – 2021 Pinot Gris & Rosé
Q Wine is the Waitaki Valley wine label of Jules Stephan who established a 5.5 ha vineyard on Grants Road in 2005. Planted to 4 ha Pinot Gris, 1.5 ha Pinot Noir and a little Chardonnay. They released their first wines with the 2010 vintage. Antony Worsch of Alexandra Vintners has been their winemaker since their early years. His consistency of winemaking combined with the maturity of vines; they have been producing quality wine consistently, which shows a sense of place.
2021 was an extremely low-yielding vintage, 80% down compared to 2020 vintage for the Waitaki Valley region. Concentration is obviously shown in the wine and positively contributes to intensity and complexity.
Q Wine mainly sells their wine directly to select restaurants and specialist wine shops; they are one of the small producers hugely disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions of restaurants closure. However, online sale is available, check out their website https://www.qwine.co.nz/ to buy direct and join Q WINE Club for 30% off.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Q Wine Pinot Gris 2021, Waitaki ValleyPinot Gris from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 26-Aug-2021Bright, pale yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is full, with depth, enticing aromas of peach, pear drop, lemon interweave citrus blossoms and ginger powder. Medium-full bodied, dry to taste, concentrated aromas of peach, citrus lead the palate, enriched by young ginger, floral and peach. The palate is smooth-flowing with a lightly oily texture; lively acidity energises the intensity of fruit. This is an expressive Pinot Gris with depth of flavours and a lively drive. Match with whitebait fritters and kingfish crudo over the next 3-4 years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented to 14.1% alc, 2 g/l RS, 10% French oak usage, aged 3 months. 440 cases produced. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Aug 2021 RRP $30
Q Wine Rosé 2021, Waitaki ValleyRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 26-Aug-2021Bright, salmon-pink with some depth, even colour throughout. The wine is softly full, with crunch; fresh aromas of raspberries, pomegranate entwined with blood orange and orange blossoms. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, the palate is flooded with succulent red berries, blood orange and zest, orange blossom lingers to a refreshing finish. The wine possesses good fruit concentration, support by mouthwatering acidity, flows along a chalky-textured line. This is a crisp rosé with great flavour intensity of citrus and red fruit on a fine-textured palate. Match with salmon tartare and fishcakes over the next 2-3 years. 100% Pinot Noir, fermented to 13.3% alc, 2.9 g/l RS, 10% fermented in French oak barriques, aged 2 months. 130 cases produced. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Aug 2021 RRP $33