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Domaine Ostertag Pinot Gris Barriques 2011

Domaine Ostertag Pinot Gris Barriques 750ml 2011       
Sku: 1834289

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Tasting notes
The result is a golden coloured Pinot Gris, with a very refined, floral nose, and ripe yellow fruits, citrus fruits and honey. In the mouth the complexity of the soils and the barrel vinification is felt through a fresh, vibrant wine combining a full body and a dry personality.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 90 points (Aug 2014)
The Ostertag 2011 Pinot Gris Barriques displays richly ripe, juicy peach and pineapple allied to structure and phenolic cut that are more than able to stand-up to the influence of its (only around 10% new) oak. Lanolin, resin and vanilla mingle with grape-borne brown spices, caraway and peach kernel. Silken and glycerol-rich, this at once soothes and stimulates in a protracted and flatteringly buoyant finish. I imagine it serving well through 2018. ?Pinot Gris is the most fragile grape in Alsace,? opines Ostertag, who considers the fungal characteristics that generally prevail with it to be manifestations of low-level botrytis that he picks early and selectively to avoid. ?Besides,? he adds, ?since we put Pinot Gris through malolactic in barrel, it is especially important not to pick too late because the wine will be too soft and lack freshness.? Asked about the possibility of utilizing larger-sized barrels, Ostertag laughs and says ?my cellar is too small to get anything larger than a barrique through the door. And I work alone there so I have to be able to move everything single-handedly.? (The corresponding Pinot Blanc Barriques ? whose 2010 counterpart I did not taste ? was far less successful, its fruit insufficiently able to withstand the influence of the wood.)

Wine maker notes
Domaine ostertag’s Pinot Gris barriques is a blend of different plots with various soils and subsoils, all from the village of Epfig, like all the Vins de Fruit. 40% of the vines are on clay and limestone, 45% on pebbles ans 15% on schist. The whole vineyard is farmed using biodynamic principles and the Pinot Gris barriques has both Organic and Biodynamic certifications. The complexity of the soil origins is felt in the wine, and is enhanced by the vinification in oak barrels which is a speciality at the domaine.

Food pairing
Best served at around 10C, it will suit white meats, fish, aged cheese but is also a perfect aperitif wine. It has a good aging potential (around 7 years in a good cellar) though it is meant to be drunk in its youth.

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Country: France
Region: Alsace
Sub-Region: Alsace Aoc
Grape Varietal: Pinot Gris
Type: Still wine, Organic
 
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