Tuesday, July 24, 2012

De Grendel Durbanville Pinot Gris 2012 90 points

Clear, day bright, pale with green reflections and slight coppery rim, oily.

Clean, medium plus intensity, ripe pears, spicy lemon zest, grapefruit segment, peppery, “waxy”, mineral, flinty, faintest hints of cedary oak, subtly integrated.

Dry, with medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol (+/- 13.5%?) juicy, crisp lemony and crunchy pears follows through, fairly rich and textured mid palate, mineral, Alsatian style, linear and very pure.

By far South Africa's most ambitious, concentrated and pure Pinot Gris,  fine typicity, PERFECT now, yet will show dividends with proper bottle ageing, where the broad shoulder textured character will intensify.

Perfect with 24 hours slow roasted Pork Belly in Asian 5 spices.

Now until 2019