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.
Handpicked fruit from low yielding vines has produced an elegant, deeply scented wine with sweet, ripe cherry and plum flavours with a round and well balanced finish, with savoury and roasted oak characters. Aged in French oak barriques, half new, this handcrafted single vineyard wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to seven years.
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