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Cirro 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2011 Pinot Noir

03 January,2014
Cirro Wines is the wine brand of winemakers David Tyney and Richard Green, who operate Viscosity Ltd., a winemaking consultancy business, based in Marlborough. The Cirro wines, are named after the cirro clouds which are formed above the Southern Alps and Marlborough Sounds, and are designed yo offer good drinking and value. I’ve followed the wines over a number of vintages and I see an increasing consistency and level of quality. Here, I review the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris wines, along with the 2011 Pinot Noir. www.cirrowines.com


Cirro Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on rim. The nose is fresh and elegant in expression with aromatic passionfruit and gooseberry notes, lifted by sweet herbs, the bouquet opening in volume in the glass. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, fresh and delightfully lifted tropical fruit flavours are entwined with gooseberries, passionfruit and herbs. The fruit has sweetness and lusciousness, enhanced by crisp, racy acidity that lends a zing to the mouthfeel. The lively palate flows to a bright and juicy finish. This is a bright, juicy and mouth-wateringly crisp Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit and gooseberry flavours. Serve with seafood and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the lower and mid-Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.7% alc. and 4.1 g/L RS, the wine given lees contact. 17.5-/20 Jan 2014 RRP $22.99

Cirro Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Fruit from the mid-Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.7% alc. and 5.3 g/L RS, the wine given lees contact. Bright, soft straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush, pale on rim. This has a light, fresh, straightforward and clean nose of white stonefruits, pears, and a herbal-mineral amalgam. Off-dry to taste and light-bodied, gently luscious fruit flavours of tropical fruits and stonefruits show with a floral lift and minerally nuance. The mouthfeel is even and balanced with the fruit sweetness countered by fine textures. Crisp, racy acidity features, adding brightness, carrying the fine, drying textures to a light, minerally finish. This is a light, minerally and mouthwatering, off-dry Pinot Gris with some lusciousness. Serve with antipasto and with lightly spiced Asian dishes over the next 3 years. 16.5+/20 Jan 2014 RRP $22.99

Cirro Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Moderately deep ruby-red colour with a good heart and garnet hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is softly full and voluminous with densely packed aromas of savoury red berry fruits harmoniously melded with waves of earthy secondary and mushroom notes, along with spicy herbs and cedary oak complexities. Medium-bodied, a soft core of cooked strawberries, savoury red berry fruits, earth and spice flavours fill the palate. The mouthfeel is soft and mellow with supple tannins that are integrated with restrained acidity. Secondary flavours of undergrowth and mushrooms mingle with liquorice and oak cedar, and carry through to a soft and rounded finish. This is a mellow, smooth flowing, savoury Pinot Noir with mouthfilling flavours. Serve with mushroom risotto, pasta and duck dishes over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the mid-Wairau Valley from 10 y.o. vines, fully destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 18 months in seasoned French oak barriques. 16.5+/20 Jan 2014 RRP $26.99
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