From Paul Sinnott’s spectacular vineyard, above lake Waitaki, from an Alsace gris clone, new to New Zealand – Aromatically, there is ripe stone fruit, nectarine, peach and spice. Balance, pinot gris in the Alsace style – rich and creamy with extended palatal length. This is a luscious and satisfying gris.
18.5+/20 – Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan wine reviews
Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with deep and firm aromas of white stonefruits harmoniously melded with white florals and stonefruit kernels, and a layering of nutty and minerally complexities. The aromatics grow in richness and breadth with aeration. Medium in sweetness and full-bodied, the palate stylishly rich and succulent flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with notes of exotic florals and some honeysuckle, with integrated, complexing, nutty oak and minerally lees elements. The fruit is enlivened and lifted by fresh acidity, and the palate flows along a fine, phenolic-textured line driven by some alcoholic power. This gas very good vitality and energy, and carries to a lively finish of stonefuits, honey and minerals. This is a rich, medium-sweet Pinot Gris with flavours of stonefruit, florals and honeysuckle complexed by nutty and mineral notes on a vibrant, powerfully driven palate. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from Paul Sinnott’s ‘Lemon Springs’ vineyard, fermented in tank with the hard pressings comprising 20% fermented in seasoned oak to 14.5% alc. and 14 g/L RS, the barrel portion given some lees work.