Fromm ‘La Strada’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 22-Nov-2015
Fruit from the ‘Fromm’ vineyard, indigenous yeast ferment initiated, with one-third each in barriques, demi-muids and stainless-steel to 14.5% alc. and 5.7 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees. Bright straw-yellow colour with light gold-blush suggestions, some depth and a light rim. This has a full, open and broad nose with moderately deep and softly concentrated aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits allied to complex nutty notes and yellow florals, in an amalgam of honeysuckle. This has good depth and aromatic presence. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the flavours are soft and mouthfilling with breadth, showing restrained yellow stonefruits, savoury honeysuckle, yellow florals and nutty elements. This has richness with some secondary savoury detail emerging. The mouthfeel is soft-textured with soft acidity lending a degree of opulence, allowing the alcohol power to show. The complex, nutty flavours lead to a full, rounded, long-lingering finish. This is a fulsome, broad and moderately deep dry Pinot Gris with savoury yellow stonefruit and honeysuckle flavours, with some underlying power. Match with poultry and pork, and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4 years. 17.5+/20 Nov 2015 RRP $28.05 The second commercial vintage of Pinot Gris, hand-picked fruit from the ‘Fromm’ vineyard, fermented in one-third seasoned 228 L piece barrel, one-third seasoned 600 L demi-muids and one-third in tank to 14.5% alc. and 5.6 g/L RS, the wine aged 15-16 months in neutral oak. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with a slight blush, pale on rim. The nose is fresh and elegant with bright, subtly aromatic fruit aromas of yellow stonefruits and yellow florals entwined with complexing nutty and reductive nuances. A suggestion of honeysuckle emerges, with the nose remaining fresh and lively. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the flavours of yellow stonefruits, nuts, minerals and reduction show with restrained richness and a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is full with plenty of palate presence and vinosity, but cur by fine acidity, lending a steely line and flow. Funky mineral notes grow and carry through to a dry, finely textured finish. This is a dry Pinot Gris with very good weight and textures, and funky, minerally, stonefruit flavours. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. 17.5+/20 May 2015 RRP $28.05

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