Man O War Ponui Island Pinot Gris 2011
The 2011 has touches of cinnamon, spice and canned apricot from theSt Helena clone and more subtle characters of peach, pear and chalk from the GM clone. The wine has a balance of natural sugar, acid, tannin and a lifted spritz on the palate which gives the wine liveliness. Although it is a relatively sweet wine the balance of the key elements means the wine is refreshing and flavoursome and not at all cloying.
- 5 Stars and Top 5 pinot gris - Cuisine NZ Pinot Gris Tasting 2010, Issue 145, March 2011 "A lovely, creamy ripeness invades the palate, bright acidity and aviscous texture balancing the sugar and giving the wine focus."
- 5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Wine of the Week, Listener Magazine April 2011 "Powerful and vibrantly fruity with strikingly rich, peachy flavours, gentle sweetness and fresh acidity keeping everything lively. This is the finest pinot gris from any region north of Hawke’s Bay."
- 93 POINTS, Bob Campbell MW, January 2011 "Luscious golden wine in the style of an Alsace Vendange Tardive style. Peach, mango, clove and anise characters. Long and moderately luscious wine in a medium to medium/sweet style."