Spring Vale Pinot Gris 2013 (East Coast Tasmania)
13.4%, Cellar door, $28CD
I really didn’t expect this.
Admittedly Spring Vale is in a pretty magical part of Tasmania, and I’ve always had a soft spot for their wonderfully varietal Gewurtz, but I really didn’t expect this to be so very concentrated.
In fact, I’d brand this as the most intensely aromatic Australian Pinot Gris I’ve had in some time, with musky pear, a little rotundone spice and ‘swimming in perfume’ florals. It carries through to the palate too, which is musky, lightly phenolic and seriously dry, the varietal intensity hitting 11/10 Spinal Tap style and almost making this too hard to drink – it really needs a few more months to soften a little.
Tasmania via Alsace, this is wonderful really (as is the video on how it was made. Dave Cush take a bow).
Score: 18/20, 93/100+
Would I buy it? Yes.