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Alan McCorkindale Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

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The wines of McCorkindale are more of an exploration into texture rather than fruit, but there's a fair bit of that there, too. This is a riper style of PG with aromas of stone fruits, pears, almonds and subtle spice on the nose, whilst the palate is a touch sweet at first, then follows pear and citrus flavours, a delicate creamy mouthfeel, friendly acidity, and quite a smooth finish. This would be great with Thai dishes, or anything spicy for that matter.

Winemaker's Notes

‘Single Vineyard’ Pinot Gris harvested from the limestone-rich slopes of ‘Montserrat’ vineyard in New Zealand’s Waipara Valley. ‘Old World’ French winemaking methods enhance mouthfeel and palate weight while retaining aromatic intensity.

A classic Waipara Valley Pinot Gris this wine bursts with flavours of fresh white peaches, pear and quince, with hints of ginger and melon. The palate is off dry, intensely persistent, with soft acid, textural phenolics and a typical ‘greasy’ mouthfeel.

Serve chilled with seafood or poultry, or try with Asian foods, especially good with Japanese dishes.

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The wines of McCorkindale are more of an exploration into texture rather than fruit, but there's a fair bit of that there, too. This is a riper style of PG with aromas of stone fruits, pears, almonds and subtle spice on the nose, whilst the palate is a touch sweet at first, then follows pear and citrus flavours, a delicate creamy mouthfeel, friendly acidity, and quite a smooth finish. This would be great with Thai dishes, or anything spicy for that matter.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
A label to watch. The rich, opulent 2003 vintage, harvested at a very high sugar level (over 26 brix) in the Kimball vineyard at Waipara, has lovely depth of peach, pear and spice flavours in a high-alcohol, medium-dry style (12.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) with a deliciously soft texture and excellent weight, ripeness and richness. The 2004 has a scented, slightly honeyed bouquet and lush, gently sweet and rounded palate, showing substantial body, a soft, oily texture and pear/spice flavours of lovely ripeness and depth.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
A label to watch. The rich, opulent 2003 vintage, harvested at a very high sugar level (over 26 brix) in the Kimball vineyard at Waipara, has lovely depth of peach, pear and spice flavours in a high-alcohol, medium-dry style (12.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) with a deliciously soft texture and excellent weight, ripeness and richness. The 2004 has a scented, slightly honeyed bouquet and lush, gently sweet and rounded palate, showing substantial body, a soft, oily texture and pear/spice flavours of lovely ripeness and depth.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Fleshy and rounded, the distinctly Alsace-like 2002 vintage was partly estate-grown. It's a mouthfilling, slightly sweet wine with rich, ripe pear, quince and spice flavours, a touch of complexity, gentle acidity and a long finish. Well worth cellaring.
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