SOHO 'Jagger' Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 13.5%
Nose: Lots and lots of white spice laden tree fruits in the bouquet: poached pear, baked apple and white fleshed stone fruits; a touch of white florals.
Palate: Just dry (a whisper of residual sugar) with crisp acidity tempered by ripe fruit flavors of sweet pear, apple and a little lemon skin; gentle white spices and floral attributes. Dry finish with moderate complexity, balanced and well made.
Overall I really like this wine - it will appeal to Pinot Gris fans looking to step up in quality yet stay with a variety and style they like to drink.
Pinot Gris is relatively easy to grow in New Zealand and it crops rather well too. The trick for wine makers is to identify and harvest the best fruit that in turn can offer a more sophisticated and complex wine without having to interfere in the natural processes of fermentation and maturation before bottling. The SOHO Jagger achieves this with ease.