Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Gris 2020, North Otago

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 29-Nov-2021
Bright, even, pale-yellow colour. This wine has an enticing bouquet filled with white blossom, ginger, anise seeds, melded with ripe Nashi pear and a suggestion of peach. Medium-light bodied, highly concentrated aromas of Nachi pear, peach and white blossom, enlivened by ginger, anise seeds and linger with citrus peel. The wine is mouth-filling; a slightly oily texture carries silky phenolic, lightly coated that palate. High intensity and concentrated flavours emphasised by spice; crisp, minerally acidity support with freshness and backbone. This is an elegantly crisp Pinot Gris with intensely concentrated flavour, seamless vibrant acidity and minerality, a great expression of Waitaki. Match with salt & pepper calamari and duck pancake over the next 5+ years. Fruit from Grant's Road, small bunches (average 75g per bunch), handpicked, whole bunch pressed, 65% to neutral barriques and puncheons, the balance to stainless steel tank to 13.5%, 1 g/l RS, left on its lees for 6 months. 19-/20 pts (95 pts) RRP $34

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