Starborough ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 03-Jun-2014
Bright, moderately full, pale straw-yellow, near colourless on rim. This is elegant on bouquet with an intriguing and ethereal amalgam of tropical fruit aromas, yellow stonefruits, pears and savoury herbal detail. The aromatics build in volume, opening with exotic floral and steely, minerally elements. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, a fine and intense core of pears, tropical fruits, honey and spices is driven by fresh, lively acidity and some alcohol power. The mouthfeel has linearity and a steely cut, with acid tension enlivening the fruitiness. The phenolics are very fine and the flavours flow smoothly to a soft, lingering finish showing exotic floral nuances. This is a classical, off-dry Pinot Gris with pure, exotic stonefruit and pear flavours, and a refined, steely mouthfeel. Serve with fine and not too spicy Asian fare over the next 4 years. Fruit from 75% ‘O’Dwyers Farm’ vineyard in the Wairau and 25% ‘Starborough Terrace’ vineyard in the Awatere, hand-picked and fermented with 10% in seasoned French oak barrels to 13.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Dec 2013 RRP $21.95

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