Monday, April 19, 2010

Coopers Creek Pinot Gris 2008

Coopers Creek Pinot Gris 2008
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Pinot Gris (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: March 2010
Purchase Price: $13.99

Our review: Straw in color with tropical aromas of papaya and pineapple with pleasing floral notes. A similar flavor profile initially presents itself on the palate but a somewhat unbalanced acidity develops, not unpleasant but unexpected and incongruous. The finish is shallow and without much character.

Our rating: We were slightly disappointed in this wine. It is, by no means, a poorly made wine but our expectations were much higher given its origin and, to a lesser extent, its price. Probably best paired with simply prepared seafood or a fresh spinach salad, which is how we enjoyed our bottle. It scores reasonably well, though, on the high side of Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Colour: Very pale in its youth, but we know from experience that New Zealand Pinot Gris will develop onion skins tints with age. Bouquet: Subtle, yet exotic. The nose shows delicate earthy undertones that typify both the variety and our soils in Huapai. Coupled with this are lovely spice notes. Palate: Medium in body, with an exceptional balance between fruit sweetness and acidity. The finish is long, spicy and textural."

Winery website: Coopers Creek.

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