The last of the summer wine

For some obscure reason, Compo came into my mind the other day - not the ACC mind you, but the character in the British television series The Last of the Summer Wine set in the Yorkshire Dales.

The show's title had me thinking about wines that seem to embrace the mood of summer, and the cheekiness of Compo himself, with Rose being a prime contender.

A trio of pinot gris, too - possibly a bridge into autumnal choices: their juicy fruit an echo of summer's (now fading) warmth.







2018 Kono Nelson Pinot Rose
Rating: Very good

Deep salmon/apricot colour. Juicy and fruity nose with some gummy- bear-like sweetness with peppery hints. Medium flavour intensity, yet surprisingly rich in palate weight. Tangy, juicy, crunchy, with appealing mouth-feel adding red delicious apple notes.

Bright and zesty, to be enjoyed now.



2018 Villa Maria Platinum Selection Organic Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose
Rating: Very Good to Excellent 

Apricot/pink colour. Red berries and cream, hints of licorice allsorts, spice, savoury notes. More weighty,   with textural richness to match. While creamy, a chewy crunchiness adds to the mouth-feel,with  a tangy, zesty note on the long finish. 

Richness and power here.



2018 Providore Central Otago Rose
Price: $25
Rating: Excellent to outstanding

Pale peachy pink. Lifted bright nose, strawberries & cream with savoury hints. Immediately appealing. Lovely fruit intensity, a delightful tangy (almost spritz) note coursing through the wine, a stony/schisty element too. The flavours carry through to the long finish, the wine with a sweet fruit core, yet finishing refreshingly dry.

Delightful, and real appeal.



2018 Hunters Marlborough Pinot Gris
Rating: Very good 

A hint of burnt toast leads, moving into ripe  apple and pineapple notes. The palate adds hints of apricot, showing fruit sweetness yet this finishes just off-dry. Zesty acidity gives a salivatory aspect to this as the wine dances in the sweet and sour spectrum generated by a tangy grapefruit element. 

Fresh and easy drinking.



2018 Villa Maria Platinum Series Marlborough Pinot Gris sur lie
Rating: Excellent 

Nicely varietal nose of pear and stone fruit with hints of gumdrop. A rush of fruit sweetness on the front palate; fruit jubes, dried apricot, pear, snapped  into line by  zingy acidity which allows it to finish dry. Excellent texture; ripe fruit flows through to a  long finish. 

Wonderful freshness, a good food choice.



2018 Devil’s Staircase (by Rockburn) Central Otago Pinot Gris
Rating: Excellent to outstanding

Slow out of the blocks with notes of pear and hay but blossomed with time. Intensely textural, and viscous  with powerful notes of pear drop,   savoury nuances and almond-like bittersweet hints. A rush of flavour, freshened by acidity, with fruit pithy chewiness adding texture.

Sheer pleasure in a glass.



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