"Though considered a white variety, Pinot Gris has a decidedly pinkish tinge, which is emphasised in Cambridge Road’s “orange” coloured version of the variety from the three days spent in contact with its skins. This also makes for an extremely aromatic expression, with nuances of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg spice, florals and herbs over white peach fruit and a savoury undercurrent. No sulphur added. (SWNZ.)" - Jo Burzynska - Viva - Top 10 white wines of 2016
Drink through to the end of 2016.
On the palate, medium-bodied with light crisp flavours of pear and a touch of citrus. This beautiful pale gold wine exudes a lovely aroma of fresh fruit with a garnish of spice. Will naturally accompany dishes Vietnamese style, perhaps blue cod, or even duck.
This wine is drinking well now and will hold up well for another three to five years.
Welll structured, elegant, with good length on the palate. A slow cool ferment has highlighted characteristics of citrus/lime and pear together with mineral and flint notes.
Where in the last few years this wine showed rich and powerful aromatics, now elegance, refinement and authority are key words. Again, a purity of flavours is overarching a base layer of savoury components. The gentle scent of harakeke in flower, Nashi pear and exotic tropical aromas like papaya and guava are combined with butterscotch and vanilla custard.
Like the Gewurztraminer the Pinot gris is less sweet than previous years with 20 g/L residual sugar. Without a doubt this has an impact on the perception of the wine and interaction with the phenolics. With less distraction at the entrance of the palate the focus rapidly turns to the texture and weight of the wine, round and buoyant. There is no clear division of taste, but a complexity that knows no boundaries or demarcations. Of recognisable interest are pistachio nuts, nougat and vanilla liqueur, further heightened with raisin pinwheels. Those familiar with it might recognise the traditional German amalgamation of fruit compote Rumtopf, without the excessive alcohol. The acidity acts as a faithful servant, maintaining freshness and length. We praise this wine for its early approachability, but it will certainly gain further interest over the next five to seven years.
A classic warm dry summer allowed fruit to ripen perfectly producing opulent fruit flavours and great texture. Combed with barrel fermentation we have been able to create Burgundian inspired Pinot Gris. Flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish. A dry style has enhanced the fruit flavours Pinot Gris is renowned for. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has improved the texture and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes.
A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.
100% Martinborough Pinot Gris, grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was perfect allowing high quality fruit to be harvested early in the season giving brilliant perfumed fruit flavours. The style is off dry (4.8g/l residual sugar) with a soft ripe backbone and long lingering finish.
Currently the wine shows the pear/white stonefruit flavours this variety is renowned for. This wine will make a great aperitif or combine beautifully with light fish or pasta.
Late harvested with the further maturation of the vines showing with intense flavours. Robust with clearly defined 4 tiered flavours, this wine is definitely one to enjoy on its own merits. The strong fruit flavours are lasting, ending with a smooth finish. Perfect with spicier foods, or enjoy the flavours on its own.
Perfumed aromas of apricots, nectarines and green pears. A rich mid-palate displaying mild oak influence. The wine finishes dry and crisp with lingering hints of warming spice.
This has a fresh and firmly bound nose with aromas of white stonefruits with lifted white florals a subtle herbal nuances, unfolding minerally lees elements. The nose possesses a steely freshness and detail.
Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fresh, bright and lively with a firmly concentrated core of soft, aromatic white stonefruits entwined with white florals, lifted esters, some honeysuckle and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is lively with good linearity, the wine following a fine phenolic threaded line with integrated acidity. The wine grows in richness as it carries to a concentrated, sustained, aromatic finish. This is a finely concentrated dry Pinot Gris with a core of stonefruits and florals, and a lingering finish.
This is a wonderfully aromatic wine, reminiscent of spices, quince, lemons and lychees. This Pinot Gris is a powerful wine and is both rich and lingering. A wine that will change and benefit from ageing, though still good while young.
The colour of this 2014, is slightly straw, with gold tints. There is a very slight hint of that ‘gris’ hue. The nose shows an apple and pear notes, coupled with strudel; typical of Pinot gris. Underneath all that is a faint pear skin element that goes directly to the palate. Lovely grainy texture- a slight baked pip fruit note and a texture that exhibits a delicacy rather than running on high octane alcohol and sweet sugar. Stylish rather than fruit blown giggle juice would be a crude, but accurate way of putting it. Some of our Pinot gris have progressed through the cellar with remarkable aging ability. I would like to think this one may, but I would think a shorter cellaring proposition may be called for, it’s just so lovely now. I would be pleased to be incorrect in this assumption – do contact me with your thoughts as I very much enjoy what the public think. It’s just that this wine is quite expressive now, why wait? Take these moments of pleasure whilst one can, I say. This wine has a pleasing acid that frames and articulates the palate – this means, when you put it in your mouth, it’s the acid that firms the flavours, carries the characters through the length of the palate, then finishes with a deft flick – much like a tennis player, probing his opponent with a rally then positioning himself to angle a quick spinning ball to the faraway corner. Game, set and match.
It is not often we come across some Pinot which has already to cellared, and is ready to drink now! Stewed currant and cigar box aromas, a lovely play on the savoury sweet. A touch of juicy plum and a whiff of truffle on the finish.
Bright pale straw colour with youthful green hues. The nose is soft and full with integrated aromas of yellow stonefruits and honeysuckle. This has depth, with a lifted note. Medium-dry to taste, this is soft and full on palate, quite open and accessible, broadly mouthfilling, with some richness. The wine follows a fine-textured phenolic line with underlying acidity lending freshness and enhancing the aromatic expression. This is drinking well, and is approachable now. - Raymond Chan
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