Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Wine Pick: Amisfield 2011 Pinot Gris

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.


Central Otago is not only the world’s southern-most wine region but it’s also one of the hot new discoveries in the wine industry. Way down near the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island, cool climate varieties like Pinot Noir and Riesling have flourished and created some of the most intriguing wines out there.

Amisfield is dedicated to minimal winemaking intervention to show the true expression of their vineyard locations and soils. They have also followed the guidelines of the New Zealand Sustainable wine-growing program for eight years and are currently experimenting with going fully organic on some of their locations.

The Amisfield Pinot Gris is a stand-out Rock Star. It starts off with melon, lemon-thyme and green tea on the nose. The palate is loaded with pear, accompanied by lime, lemon zest and yellow apple. Thirty percent of the wine is naturally fermented in French oak giving it a big, full-bodied mouth feel with a smooth, buttery texture.

I don’t know how to drink this wine without giving a fist-pump every now and again. It’s impossible.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $24
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge by Ruby Wines, Inc. for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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