Ata Rangi ‘Lismore’ Martinborough Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Oct-2016
This is the one wine which has quietly grown in stature. Being Pinot Gris, it’s all about subtlety, with restrained flavour, but layers of them and fine textures with complex detail. Indigenous yeast, puncheon work and lees contact. Very pale straw. Tight, but with a soft density of white stonefruits with subtle nutty and mineral complexities. Dryish to taste – every year a little drier – yet retaining richness and even a degree of opulence. The mouthfeel is rich and plush, the acidity is excellent for the variety. The best Pinot Gris to date? 19.0/20 Oct 2016 RRP $28.00 Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden suggestions, a little lighter on the rim. This has a tightly bound nose with good depth of yellow stonefruits and savoury pears interwoven with harmonious layers of honeysuckle, nuts and flinty mineral detail, unfolding yellow florals. This has freshness, vitality and blossoms in volume in the glass. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, bright, lively and lusciously succulent fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and pears are enriched by honeysuckle, and detailed by nutty, flinty and mineral notes. The fruit is enlivened by fine, lacy acidity and guided by a fine line of refined phenolics lending a balancing dryness. The wine carries with some underlying alcoholic drive to a long, fine-textured and detailed finish of stonefruits, florals, honey and minerals. This is a bright, lively, rich, dryish Pinot Gris with detail, refined textures and fresh, lacy acidity. Serve with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Lismore’ and ‘Ata Rangi’ vineyards, vine 22 y.o., hand-picked, WBP and partially indigenous yeast fermented in tank and 500 L oak puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged several months on lees with no MLF. 19.0/20 Oct 2016 RRP $28.00

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