Astrolabe Wines, Pinot gris, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2013
Screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, widely available, £18
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of stewed green apple, pear, apricot, ripe grapefruit, with a hint of quince, and a touch of soon lifting sulphur.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a light gummy grip, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, with a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of ripe dessert apple, apricot, and ripe grapefruit underpinning. A medium (+) length with a clean stone fruit-citrus lightly gummy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with well-balanced acidity and alcohol, harmonious with the intensity of flavour. Mid-palate intensity is modest, with modest concentration and no complexity, though the length recovers the situation a little. Disappointing for the £15-20 bracket.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now. A wine made and aged in stainless steel, to preserve the fruit, with a notable gummy grip from extended maceration on the skins to extract flavour. Though well-balanced, it lacks concentration and complexity, but, has a decent length. It will hold for 2 years, but not improve, and the fruit will fade.