Greystone ‘Sand Dollar’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2012

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 26-Feb-2013
Named after the ‘Sand Dollar' sea urchin fossils. Estate fruit given 6 hours pre-press maceration, tank fermented with 5% indigenous yeasts in French oak to 14.0% alc. and 2.5 g/L rs, the wine undergoing 3 months batonnage and a total of 5 months on gross lees. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with some light golden hues, lighter on rim. This has a full, densely weighted and packed nose with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and florals, unfolding subtle and complexing layers of spicy, nutty barrel work entwined with minerals and hints of smoke. Dry to taste, this is finely concentrated with excellent presence, but restrained and somewhat shy in flavour. Delicate notes of stonefruits, nuts and spices are framed by fine textures and the palate is driven a little by the alcohol power. The mouthfeel is harmonious with balanced acidity that is carried to a tight, long, lifted finish with nutty, flinty nuances. This is an elegant, but concentrated Pinot Gris with subtle and complex nutty, mineral flavours from oak contact and lees work. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. 18.5+/20 Feb 2013 RRP $27.95

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