Wednesday, October 14, 2009


 - Clare Valley, SA
 - $18-$24
 - Screwcap
 - 12.5%alc

Alongside wineries like the Mornington Peninsula's T'Gallant, McLaren Vale's Joseph and northern Tasmania's Grey Sands and Pipers Brook, Tim Adams is a seriously good maker of Australian pinot gris. The Tim Adams style is all about zip and freshness, with a small amount of residual sweetness adding to the wine's overall character.

This salmon pink pinot gris is fresh yet tight on the nose, with clean scents of lightly spiced lemon zest, baked apples and pear. Smoothly textured, its juicy palate displays more weight and concentration than expected, before finishing with a touch of residual sweetness. It's a rather fat and mouthfilling pinot gris underpinned by notes of pear, but it lacks the flavour definition, drive and acid structure which made its predecessor so great (2008-92pts).

O A fuller, smooth and luscious pinot gris from Tim Adams, but its sensory enjoyment is much more pedestrian than his previous release. Drink to 2010.
88 points

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