Thursday, January 7, 2021

Hans Herzog Pinot Gris

 There are not many exciting Pinot Gris outside of France and maybe Italy. But there is this guy in Marlborough, New Zealand who is an exception. Coming from Switzerland, it is not surprising that there is this attention to detail, in this vineyard of many varieties. In a way, Herzog reminds me of Domaine A in Tasmania, the other Swiss influenced winery in Asia/Pacific, now owned by MONA's David Walsh. The wines are totally different, but the focus on quality is very similar.

The Herzog winery is organic and this 2017 Herzog Pinot Gris is made in a modern style, with an extended period spent on skins. As a result, the colour is orange/pink, of medium depth.

This has created more intensity on the palate, with flavours of apricot, melon and almonds. There is great purity in this wine. There is a hint of sweetness and honey on the back palate, but the finish is refreshing. This is quite a delicious wine.

Score: 93/++ 

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