Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Jan-2014
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush, lighter on rim. The nose is softly full and attractively aromatic showing yellow stonefruits, pears and honey with exotic florals and spices, growing in depth, revealing rich, nutty barrel notes and mineral detail. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, a deep core of aromatic pear and stonefruit flavours fills the palate unfolding floral and honeysuckle layers. Gentle textures surround the core and the flavours are driven with some alcohol power. The mouthfeel is weighty and rounded, the acidity restrained and soft, and the flavours carry gently through to a mellow, dry finish. This is a soft, textural and weighty, dryish Pinot Gris with stonefruit and pear flavours. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Barber’ vineyard in the Esk Valley picked early, and the ‘Keltern’ and ‘Noetzli’ sites in Maraekakaho picked late, fermented in tank with 25% in seasoned barriques to 13.5% alc. and 5.52 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 18.0+/20 Jan 2014 RRP $20.00

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