Georges Road ‘Selection’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2012

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 27-Dec-2012
Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Georges Road' vineyard, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak barrels to 13.5% alc. and 10.4 g/L rs, the wine aged on lees for 4 months. 300 dozen made. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with the faintest blush, pale on rim. The bouquet shows softly full and gentle aromas of ripe pears with honesuckle richness and fine, minerally notes. Savoury yellow stonefruits and subtle nuances of nuts emerge and are complexed by lifted florals, the nose unfolding plenty of detail and interest. Off-dry to medium, this is full-bodied, the flavours of pears, stonefruits and honey expressed with purity, interwoven harmoniously with a rounded, weighty and dense palate. There is good power and body, the mouthfeel near-unctuous, the richness enhanced by soft acidity, and a little alcohol generosity also adding to the presence. The flavours and textures are integrated and balanced, and carry through to a sustained finish. This is a subtly honied, rich, and softly rounded, off-dry Pinot Gris to match with pate, antipasto and Mediterranean fare over the next 4-5 years. 18.5/20 Dec 2012 RRP $24.50

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