Josmeyer, Le Fromentau, Pinot gris, AOP Alsace, France, 2013
This wine: biodynamic, varietal pinot gris, vinified in stainless steel, no MLF; Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex-producer, €15.60 (07/16)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of ripe stone and tropical fruits, quite honeyed; medium-full bodied and smooth, with more ripe stone fruit, papaya, mango and a touch of gorse flower (a floral coconut-like note). A richly flavoured finish which fades to a surprisingly, medium(ish) but no more, length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe cut pineapple, white peach, very ripe pear, warm honey, yellow peach compote (a dessert made of fruit cooked in syrup), papaya (aka paw paw), spicy honeysuckle, whiff of mango.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of yellow peach compote, honeyed ripe pineapple, papaya, mango, hint of gorse flower (delicate coconut-like). A medium length, with a clean tropical/ripe stone fruit finish, with a low-key grip.
Quality: very good, balanced acidity with alcohol, harmonious with flavour intensity and modest concentration; showing a decent complexity of tropical and ripe stone fruit, a touch honeyed/honeysuckle, with a tertiary honey and compote dimension, following into a disappointing medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure but the length fades in the medium range.