Having just opened a wine that was a bit too past it to drink, we decided to open a Brick Bay Wines 2007 Pinot Gris from Matakana.
This is a very alcoholic Pinot Gris, both to the nose and taste, to the extent that I doubt I would have picked it as a Pinot Gris if I didn’t know what it was. This is a medium-bodied wine with a long tail.
Very pale straw in colour and initially I was picking up apricot to taste, however unfortunately I found the strong alcohol flavour then overtook the wine. Jane found the fruit/alcohol balance was okay and the alcohol contributed more to mouth-feel than flavour.
The wine was initially at room temperature, so I chilled it for a bit and found that it improved and the balance was better, although in my view there’s still too much alcohol coming through.