by Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
5-star review, August 2020: Ostler Audrey's Pinot Gris 2016, Waitaki Valley
Bright, even colour throughout, light yellow. The bouquet is elegant and tightly bound with stonefruit, pear drop, along with oyster shells and flint, underlay a positive reductive barrel note, reminiscent of a Burgundian Chardonnay. Fruit notes became more prominent as it aerated, subtle flinty barrel detail interwoven into the wine.
Medium-bodied, flavours of stonefruit, pear drop has a good core of concentration, melded with bright nuances of five-spice, lingers with chalky minerals to a long sustained finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and light, lifting and lively throughout the palate. Acidity is mouthwatering and crisp, balanced with the sugar sweetness, flows effortlessly along a chalky mineral texture line lends linearity.
This is an elegant and charming Pinot Gris with style, off-dry with characterful flavours and balanced, crisp acidity on an effortless creamy flow and a chalky mineral line. Match with flesh fried whitebait with Japanese spices and Spanish style calamari over the next 5-6 years. Wild yeast fermented in old demi-muid barrels to 14% alc, 10 g/l RS. 19.5/20 pts
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