Margrain Martinborough Pinot Gris 2009

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 16-Mar-2012
Made from 1.2 ha of vines, 18 y.o., fermented to 14.7% alc. and dryness. Brilliant, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. This has a full, voluminous nose with subtle aromas of mineral and earth-infused yellow stonefruits with nutty notes, along with nuances of honey and spices. Dry and full-bodied, this is a powerful wine with real presence. Alcohol strength and warmth is noticeable and this along with a hint of oiliness contributes to the palate drive. Restrained stonefruit flavours with earth, mineral and nuts show alongside savoury, balanced acidity which carries through to a moderately sustained, firm-textured finish. This is a robust wine with linearity and the strength to match hearty Mediterranean fare and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3-4 years. 16.5/20 Mar 2012 RRP $30.00 This had some golden hues to the colour, and this led to a full, solid nose of stonefruit, which was four-square and linear. A full-bodied wine at 14.5% alc., this was bone dry, and made in a big-boned Alsace style. Weighty, but not fleshy, but very good for it.  Nov 2010

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