Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2009

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 25-Mar-2011

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. This has a full, rich and complex nose of ripe peaches and yellow stonefruits along with nutty barrel-ferment oak characters, plus flinty lees work. Dry on palate, the richness is the feature, with full, ripe stonefruits, and plenty of mealy, nutty flavours. The barrel-fermentation adds to the creamy, near-oily textures. Soft and mouthfilling, there is a complex amalgam of flavours, rivalling good Chardonnay in style. The finish is long and nuanced. 100% barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc. and a dry 2.0 g/L rs, the wine was then oak aged 12 months with lees stirring. Serve with rich pork dishes and flavoursome Mediterranean cuisine over the next 2-4 years. 18.0+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $28.00

Made in a full-bodied, complex style, this was 100% barrel-fermented to dryness in old French oak barrels to 14.0% alc. and 2.0 g/L rs, then aged in these barrels for 12 months with lees contact and stirring. Light golden straw yellow in colour, this has a dense nose of ripe yellow stonefruits backed by nutty lees work and an underlay of spicy oak which shows in waves of nuances. Dry to taste, this has power, warmth from the alcohol, and depth of weight and texture on palate. A full-bodied wine with a Chardonnay like aspect, partially from the oak contribution, this should match poultry and pork dishes extremely well over the next 3-4 years. 17.5-/20 Nov 2010 RRP $28.00

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