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The 2016 Pinot Gris has youthful apple and pear notes with spicy hints of dill seed, anise and mace. Medium-bodied and off-dry in style, it delivers very pleasant spice and apple character with a lively backbone and good length. 31/12/16
The Wine Advocate
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden suggestions, a little lighter on the rim. This has a tightly bound nose with good depth of yellow stonefruits and savoury pears interwoven with harmonious layers of honeysuckle, nuts and flinty mineral detail, unfolding yellow florals. This has freshness, vitality and blossoms in volume in the glass. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, bright, lively and lusciously succulent fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and pears are enriched by honeysuckle, and detailed by nutty, flinty and mineral notes. The fruit is enlivened by fine, lacy acidity and guided by a fine line of refined phenolics lending a balancing dryness. The wine carries with some underlying alcoholic drive to a long, fine-textured and detailed finish of stonefruits, florals, honey and minerals. This is a bright, lively, rich, dryish Pinot Gris with detail, refined textures and fresh, lacy acidity. Serve with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Lismore’ and ‘Ata Rangi’ vineyards, vine 22 y.o., hand-picked, WBP and partially indigenous yeast fermented in tank and 500 L oak puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged several months on lees with no MLF.
Very pale, nearly colourless. This is lovely with its softness and gentle volume of lifted aromatics. Exotic florals, spices, hints of musk, yet this has a good core and focus to the bouquet. Off-dry to dry, elegant with a gentle drive and underlying power. Beautifully lifted florals and perfumes, the fruit quite aromatic. The mouthfeel is fine-textured and dry, and flows seamlessly, and warmed a touch on the finish with the alcohol. Fermented in tank and puncheon to 14.0% alc. and 6 g/L RS. A tad light now, but this will become more weighty. 18.0+/20
Complexity and depth... Pear, pineapple, green apples and apricots – the nose evokes a stylish fruit salad tinged with spice. The palate shows ripe candied fruits, honey and nutty flavours, with good structure, minerality, fresh acidity, and just the right amount of residual sugar for a rounded finish.
Sipping this wine is like biting into a tree-ripe pear or white peach. There's a hit of pure fruit sweetness followed by a balancing tang of fruity acidity - delicious. Made in a medium/dry style but with a pleasantly drying and impressively lengthy finish. Bob Campbell MW
Entirely fermented with natural yeasts and with 30% of the blend fermented in barrel, the 2012 Pinot Gris is a dry style with a touch of sweetness (seven grams per liter of residual sugar). The nose has aromas of fresh pears and peaches highlighted by touches of dill seed and white pepper. The palate has a silky texture with good flavors and concentration, balanced acid, and a medium-long finish. Drink it now to 2015.
Brilliant straw-yellow with light golden hues to the colour, pale edge. Gentle and ethereal aromas of ripe pears, white stonefruits and honeysuckle build in depth and volume on the nose, the fruit fresh and absolutely pristine with real clarity. Dry to taste, the fruit is still tightly bound, the core revealing flavours of yellow stonefruits, honey and minerals on a flowing and smooth, very finely textured palate. There is an understated power and drive, with balanced, lacy acidity present enhancing the gentle richness which leads effortlessly to a sustained and succulently nuanced finish. This is a reserved and subtly rich Pinot Gris with underlying depth and drive to develop well over the next 3-4 years. Match with fine Asian cuisine. Fruit predominantly from the 'Lismore' vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked, WBP and fermented with 20% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 7 g/L rs. 18.0+/20.
A late-picked style that has a golden hue in the glass, with poached pear, golden delicious apple, blanched white almond and creamed honey. The palate has lusciously creamy texture and glides through the poached pear and light melon fruit flavour; gentle grip through the finish.
Grown in the Lismore Vineyard in Martinborough, 400 metres from the Ata Rangi winery, the 2010 vintage (4.5*) is scented, mouthfilling (14.5 per cent alcohol) and sweet-fruited, with vibrant, ripe nectarine, pear and lychee flavours, fresh and rich, a sliver of sweetness and obvious potential. The 2011 (4.5*) is tight and youthful, with excellent richness and harmony. Intensely varietal, it is ripely scented, with vibrant peach, pear and spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity, and a slightly sweet (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), long finish.
The 2011 Lismore Pinot Gris gives notes of ripe pears, peaches and yeast along with delicate hints of allspice and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied and silky in texture, it displays a decent fruit core with just a touch of sweetness that is framed with vibrant, balancing acidity. It finishes long and spicy. Delicious now, it should remain good to 2014.
Fragrant with floral hints of cologne, pear and nectarine, but it's the rich, silky texture and underlying hints of creamy nuts and toast, the balance, harmony and firm, dry finish that make this wine stand out.
Nose: Clean, fresh and pure aromas of yellow apple and sweet pear, a playful/youthfulness leads to a cider note, hints of soft citrus and white spice. Palate: Reflects what the nose suggest well with juicy and delicious flavours. Some residual sugar is more than balanced by fresh medium+ acidity. The texture is well matched to the style with just a hint of leesy mealy-ness. Very good.
Scented, luscious Pinot Gris with bright flavours and appealing purity. In addition to the classically varietal flavours of ripe pear and anise/spice I noted subtle floral/whie flower and even more subtle toasted nut flavours. Medium/dry. 92/100 BobsWineReviews.com and 94/100 in Gourmet Traveller Wine Jun/Jul 2012
Predominantly fruit from Ro and Lyle Griffiths’ ‘Lismore’ vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented with 20% in 3 y.o. oak to 13.5% alc. and 8 g/L rs. No MLF. Brilliant, even, straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, this has a superb, fresh, lively and penetrating bouquet of refined, aromatic yellow florals and spiced pears with hints of exotic tropical fruits. Dry to taste, this is extremely fine featured and textured with subtle, detailed flavours of flowers, pears and stonefruits. The palate is elegant and proportioned, with excellent concentration and a tight core that is still to unfold. Discreet acidity carries the flavours and adds an element of lusciousness, but the wine has a sustained, dry finish. This is a vibrant, classy and detailed Pinot Gris, the most stylish to date from Ata Rangi. It should develop well over the next 4-5 years. Serve with fine Asian cuisine. 19.0-/20
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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