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Porters 2013 Pinot Gris and 2012 Pinot Noir

06 December,2013
Now officially over 20 years old, Porters Pinot remains one of the smaller commercial wine operations in Martinborough. John and Annabel Porter and their son Hugo are thoroughly immersed in making very high quality wine from their two vineyards, and as a result have a dedicated following. The 4 ha ‘Old Block’ vineyard, opposite PallisEr Estate is mixed clone, ungrafted Pinot Noir planted in 1992 with 5-6% Pinot Gris. The 2.4 ha ‘House Block’ is an old Lintz vineyard, acquired in 2009 and is just along the road, closer to the village, next to their house, and is comprised Abel and French clone Pinot Noir close-planted and grafted. The wines are made in what could be the district’s tiniest winery in terms of floor area, behind the house. The average annual production is in the region of 750 dozen, and the styles are distinctive if not different to the norm, the Pinot Noir being decidedly more elegant than others in Martinborough. Here, I review the latest releases, the 2013 Pinot Gris and 2012 Pinot Noir. www.porterspinot.co.nz


Porters Martinborough Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Soft, pale straw-yellow colour with a little blush, pale on rim. The nose is fresh and firm with well-packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and apricot kernels, revealing delicate honeysuckle, spice and floral nuances. Dryish to taste, restrained flavours of stonefruit kernels, yellow florals and honeysuckle show with an earthy, flinty note. The mouthfeel is dry and textural with the light sweetness and discreet acidity providing the balance to avoid austerity. The flavours blossom on the finish. This is a tight, dry-textured European Pinot Grigio styled wine that will match seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years. Pinot Gris fruit from the ‘Old Block’ from 20 y.o. vines, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and 5.8 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 180 cases made. 17.0+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $30.00

Porters Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Old’ and ‘House’ blocks from vines up to 20 y.o., fully destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Bright, moderately deep ruby-red with light garnet hues on rim. This has a delicate and fragrant, tightly bound bouquet of soft red berry fruits and red florals along with a spicy, nutty oak background. Medium-full bodied with plenty of vinous presence, the fruit flavours of cherries and soft red fruits are light in presentation and lifted by floral elements. A savoury, nuttiness underlines the fruitiness. The palate features a very fine, textured mouthfeel with powdery tannins and a smooth flowing linearity, driven a little by the alcohol, leading to a firm, sustained finish. This is an elegant, tight and finely structured Pinot Noir with subtle red fruit flavours. Match with tuna, salmon, rabbit and duck over the next 4-5+ years. Approx. 800 cases made. 17.5-/20 Dec 2013 RRP $45.00
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