Ellero 2012 Pinot Noir Pisa Terrace Central Otago 13.9%
Romance in a glass - there really is something special about the wines of Ellero - particularly the Pinot Noir - a signature of minerality, vibrant light red fruit and specific oak choice all in harmony - yet youthful enough still to know there's development time ahead.
On the palate - tense and poised with a vibrant youthfulness that demands cellar time; medium+ acidity and tannins; lots of oak bite, but complexity too. The oak drives the palate for the moment, but this will change. Pretty long finish that ends with a reminder of the fruit and mineral.
Ellero 2014 Gewurztraminer Central Otago 14%
Softly spoken aromas of Traminer with suggestions of rose and white spring flowers, white fleshed fruits and a gentle spice layer; there is a powdered rock note that I find enticing. On the palate - dry with gently white pepper spice layer to the white fruits and a layer of citrus adds breadth to the palate; as the wine warms in glass it reveals a mineral, crushed rock layer; floral, medium+ acidity, balanced and well made with a medium+ finish. Lovely example - gentle, subtle and memorable.