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Ostler Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2018

31 October,2018

There is no doubt that fine, unique minerally-expressive wines of wonderful character can be made in the limestone-rich soils of the Waitaki Valley. The problem for any producer in this relatively new vignoble in North Otago is to build sufficient economies of scale. Jim and Anne Jerram, and Jeff Sinnott of Ostler have recognised this from the start, so have expanded their area of influence to manage other vineyards in the Waitaki district over that of their own ‘Clos Ostler’. Here, I review the new 2018 Ostler Pinot Gris from a benevolent vintage in terms of fruit quality and good crop size.


Ostler Waitaki Valley North Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the edge. The nose is fresh and lively with bright aromas of white stonefruits and subtle notes of white florals with pears and a little saline, chalky minerality. This has purity and clarity, and the aromatics form an elegant core with good intensity. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has sweet fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with subtle notes of pears, honeysuckle and florals, with nyances of minerals. The fruit forms an easy rich core, and the wine flows along a smooth, lush line with delicate, refined textures and fresh, lacy acidity lending freshness and energy. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a softly rich and luscious, medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, pear and honeysuckle flavours with mineral nuances on a smooth palate with freshness and brightness. Serve with Asian fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the limestone soils of the ’Home’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel to 14.0% alc. and 7 g/L RS, the wine given minimal lees contact. 17.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $22.00

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