Dry River Martinborough Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Apr-2014
Brilliant, full straw-yellow colour with light golden hints, lighter on edge. This has a very full, softly concentrated nose of ripe yellow stonefruits infused with honeysuckle and nuances of exotic tropical fruits, the deep core exuding substance, presence, richness and density with aeration. Medium in sweetness, the palate is one of weight, density, drive and power, with ripe flavours of yellow stonefruits, pears and honey filling the mouth with a gentle-flowing lusciousness. The fruit core has clarity of expression and is seamlessly integral with the acidity and alcohol drive, which carries the palate to a very fine phenolic textured, off-dry finish with excellent length. This is a rich and subtly luscious, ripe, medium-sweet Pinot Gris with seamless power and drive. Serve with pate, Middle Eastern or Asian cuisine, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-7 years. Fruit from the ‘Dry River Estate’ and ‘Craighall’ sites, the latter with reduced yields, stainless-steel fermented to 14.0% alc. and 25 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $55.00 Fermented to 14.0% alc. and 25 g/L RS. Strong straw-yellow colour with a faint blush. The bouquet has a rich core of ripe pear and yellow stonefruits along with honied notes, almost some raisining. Medium in sweetness, this has a firm, deep structure and concentrated richness. The fruit is a little restrained at present, but the lusciousness and presence is clear to see. Superb phenolic handling is evident, the wine flowing smoothly, but there is power and a little alcohol present. Excellent acidity runs alongside the alcohol. This may develop a little more quickly than other releases? 4-5 years. 18.5+/20 Mar 2014 RRP $55.00

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