Gruss Alsace Pinot Gris ‘Les Argiles Blanches’ 2011

Pinot Gris from France - Alsace
Review Date : 04-Jun-2013
Named after the ‘China clay’ soils, fruit from 20+ y.o. vines from 1.33 ha in ‘Hohrain’, ‘Buhl’ and ‘Hochstaden’, fruit hand-picked, WBP, and fermented to 13.8% alc. and 11 g/L rs, the wine undergoing batonnage. Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth and pale green hues on rim. The bouquet is gently full with a good core of ripe yellow stonefruits, honey and minerals, along with notes of spicy pears and exotic florals, complexed by wet stone reductive elements. Off-dry to taste, this is full, open and voluminous in fruit expression with exotic stonefruits and yellow florals. This has a good core with depth, the palate showing some alcohol power and fine grainy textures, the acidity in the background. The mouthfeel is matty and supports gentle honey and stonefruit flavours that carry through to a dry finish. This is a gentle, full, off-dry Pinot Gris with some textures and drive. Serve with Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4+ years. 875 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Mar 2013 RRP $32.00

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