Tongue in Groove ‘Little Stomper’ Waipara Valley 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 27-Jun-2016
Slightly cloudy, strawberry and cooked red fruit colours with garnet-brown on the rim. This has a full and open nose with aromas of red berry fruit, quince, pomegranate, redcurrants and cranberries, entwined with herbs and chalky mineral elements. The aromatics build in depth and concentration with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a fresh, lively mouthfeel with bright and vibrant redcurrant, quince and cranberry fruit flavours that exude a degree of succulence and sweetness. The fruit is underlined by fine and modest phenolic textures and grip, and the fruit is enlivened by crisp acidity. The componentry is harmonious and balanced, and the wine flows with good energy to a long dry, fine-textured finish with subtle quince, cranberry and herb-laced strawberry nuances. This is an attractively restrained, but rich, red-fruited orange skin-contact wine with a harmonious balance between fruitiness, fresh liveliness and grip. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare and light red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Two vats, one being 100% Pinot Gris from the ‘Cabal’ vineyard put into an open topped barrel and foot-stomped by small children, the other 95% Pinot Gris and 5% Gewurztraminer from the ‘Greystone’ vineyard destemmed to provide whole berries. The fruit was indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., and dryness, then left on skins 16-31 days, the wine aged 8 months in seasoned oak with full MLF, then given a year in tank to marry together. 18.5/20 Jun 2016 RRP $30.00

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