2016 Tongue in Groove
|Grapes||Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris|
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Organic fruit sourced from the Bellbird Spring Vineyard situated on north facing terraces carved out by the Waipara River. Foot stomped in three old barrels, with 100% whole bunch Pinot Gris in the first, 30% whole bunch Pinot Gris in the second and fully de-stemmed Gewurztraminer in the third. Fermented with natural yeasts with 23-28 days on skins and aged in barrels for 6 months with no additions or filtration. Aromas of cherry stones and quince, this intriguing wine opens up slowly to reveal, sweet canteloupe melon, wild roses and delicate aromatic spice. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 L&S (Aug 2018)
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Orange wine from New Zealand almost never happens, so this is definitely worth a look: made from two super-aromatic grapes, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, and foot-stomped according to the ancient art of ‘pigéage’. The name Little Stomper refers to the fact that only small kids could fit into the top of the barrel to carry out said stomping. Pinot Gris’s pink skin imparts a russet tone, so it looks like a rosé, but tastes way more interesting. Rob Buckhaven, Metro(Jun 2019)
Tongue in Groove
Six friends, five of them Roseworthy graduates (although the winemaker, Lynette Hudson, is a graduate of Lincoln) were prompted to form this 'perfect fit' team by the Canterbury earthquake and the realisation that they had to get on with doing something themselves as well as working for others. All well-connected in the NZ wine scene, they are able to source outstanding fruit and clearly have the expertise to turn this into outstanding wines. Check out their website at http://tongueingroove.co.nz/about/. Their first releases have already caused quite a stir - but are very limited in quantity.
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