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2008 Ashton Hills Vineyard Tardy Pinot Gris
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- Cellar 2 - 3 years (2011-2012)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Screw Cap
Clearly influenced by the wines of legendary Alsation vigneron, Zind Humbrecht, this is a stunning Pinot Gris offering superb weight and mouthfeel. Ashton Hills wine maker, Stephen George comments, 'In warmer years picking Pinot Gris late and leaving a residual grape sugar in the juice has long been a tradition in Alsace. There the style is known as ‘Vendage Tardive’ (late picked) and hence our cheeky use of the word 'Tardy'. The wine was fermented with its natural yeast in seasoned French oak barrels and then shifted to small stainless steel tanks where it fattened up and gained complexity on its lees [dead yeast cells]'.
Deep pale gold colour with apricot tinge showing classic Zind Humbrecht style skin contact. Pronounced aroma of ripe pear, followed by nuances of lychee and tropical fruit. Excellent palate length and depth of flavour, full bodied, yet avoiding being coarse. Layers of ripe pear, lychee, citrus and tropical fruit. Very spicy back palate. Exceptionally long aftertaste that literally goes on for minutes. This kind of inspired quality only seems to come around every couple of years in Pinot Gris. Get in early!
Cellar 2-3 years (2011-2012)