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Margrain Pinot Gris

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Here's a pinot gris that is very James Brown - very funky and soulful. It's dry and slightly oaked style that shows bright tropical fruits, chopped nerbs and dried florals amongst a plethora of savoury and nutty notes. The palate is light-bodied with highly savoury flavours, touces of lemon rind and herbaceousness, and a dry, minerally, toasty finish. It's crying out for food, and would go with an array of light chicken and pork dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

The solid straw colour of the 2010 glints suggestively in the midwinter sun while the nose opens with crushed coriander, dried lavender, freshly tanned cow hide and just a hint of gun oil; reportedly one of the two great smells in life. With the pungency of Lily of the Valley and a puckering note of saddle soap it leads on to more succulent aromas of cooked butternut with the sweet edge of coconut milk. First to strike on the palate is the swift uppercut of drought-quenching acidity that gives a saw toothed edge to the somewhat chewy centre. A latticework of flavours from roasted celeriac through fleshy ripe fig to hard rinded cheese oozes character and gives a fullness which stands in contrast to the prickly texture of black coffee and lemon grass. The wine is sure footed as it steps up and combs a neat centre part into the tongue with a savoury saltiness that is reminiscent of the jar of marmite hidden in the top of the pantry. If you have the time, prepare French onion soup but deglaze with this wine instead of Champagne. Enjoy the rest of the bottle with a steaming bowl of the rich broth.

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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The debut 1996 vintage was a big, rich Martin borough wine with searching, peachy, lemony, slightly earthy flavours and firm acidity. The 1998 is a strapping wine (14 per cent alcohol) based on a very small crop (1.5 tonnes /acre). Matured on its yeast lees but not oak-aged, it's a big, fruity wine with peachy, spicy flavours and quite high acidity for Pinot Gris. Give it time; open 2000.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The debut 1996 vintage was a big, rich Martin borough wine with searching, peachy, lemony, slightly earthy flavours and firm acidity. The 1998 is a strapping wine (14 per cent alcohol) based on a very small crop (1.5 tonnes /acre). Matured on its yeast lees but not oak-aged, it's a big, fruity wine with peachy, spicy flavours and quite high acidity for Pinot Gris. Give it time; open 2000.
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