The Elder Martinborough Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 18-May-2015
Straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. This has aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and lifted yellow florals, showing good depth, revealing flinty minerals from the lees work. Quite dry to taste and with good body, weight and presence, the flavours of stonefruits are a little restrained initially, building in concentration forming a rounded core with some alcohol drive. The mouthfeel has an unctuous quality and the wine flows with good freshness and energy with slippery acidity carrying the wine through to a flinty, minerally finish. Restrained and stylish, the gentle flow and balance is a highlight. On this showing, the firmer phenolics have softened beautifully. Lincoln Berrysmith clone fruit from the ‘Hanson’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and tank fermented to 13.4% alc. and <2 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months in seasoned French oak barriques on lees. 17.5/20 May 2015 RRP $42.00 Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, lighter on edge. The nose is fresh and tightly bound with a steel core unfolding yellow stonefruit, pear and honeysuckle aromas along with nuances of flinty minerals and nuts. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features fresh white and yellow stonefruit flavours entwined with layers of flint and minerally lees elements. Nuances of spice, nuts and florals add interest and some richness. This has a good core with vinous presence and weight with a fine, but firm, youthful structure and acidity providing a grainy-textured, dry mouthfeel. The flavours carry to a long, dry, flinty and nutty finish. This is a dry, youthful and structured Pinot Gris with stonefruit, mineral and flinty flavours. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 4+ years. Lincoln Berrysmith clone fruit from the ‘Hanson’ vineyard, hand-picked and hand-sorted, WBP and warm-fermented in tank to 13.4% alc. and <2.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months in seasoned French oak barriques on lees. 17.5/20 Mar 2015 RRP $42.00

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