Friday, September 11, 2009

Brancott Pinot Grigio 2008

Brancott Pinot Grigio 2008
Origin: South Island, New Zealand
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2009
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Golden straw in color, this wine has a very pleasing bouquet of tropical fruit with sweet spice notes. Clean and crisp on the palate, the fruit flavors develop slowly, deepening into the finish, which itself has an interesting combination of spiciness and a touch of sweetness that provides a nice symmetry to the wine.

Our rating: We completely mispaired this wine when we tasted it, not expecting one of such richness and depth. Though it worked well with our sandwich and salad platter, it would excel with a more complete meal where its subtleties would really shine. We think it's quite versatile in this regard, and suggest you try it with grilled fish or chicken. Quite possibly the best of this varietal we've tasted, we rate it Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Pale straw in colour the wine exhibits aromas of fresh pear, hints of tropical fruit and subtle spice highlights. These characters follow through onto the palate where they are combined with ripe, citrus flavours and an enveloping texture. The palate is lingering and culminates with natural sweetness and balanced acidity."

Winery website: Brancott Wines, New Zealand.

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