River T Barrel Ferment Pinot Gris 2019, Waitaki Valley

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 09-Sep-2021
Bright, straw-yellow with some depth, lighter on edge. The nose is full, layered with nuances of smoke, toasted almonds and a hint of caramel, underlying green pear and citrus. Medium-full bodied, aromas of salted nuts, dry caramel, toast, underlined pear, grapefruit zest, and five-spice unveil and linger on the closing. Savoury lees elements enhanced the barrel element and spice, growing with breadth and depth on the palate. The wine is mouth-filling, chalky mineral adorns an oily texture, flows with lively acidity to a fulsome finish. This is a savoury Pinot Gris with barrel ferment details, enliven by a lively mineral drive. Match with butternut risotto and five-spiced chicken over the next 3-4 years. 14.5% alc. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $29

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