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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pinot Gris - place your bets

Phil runs wine tours in Auckland NZ

We went out to dinner last night - first time in ages that it was just the two of us.

I picked a really nice little Japanese place in Mt. Eden called ..(now where did I put the card …? ... Here. It was buried under my midden filing system).

It is: Haru no Yume 405 Mt Eden Road ph 630 445

Very nice atmos. Quiet jazz, candles on tables, warm and comfy, friendly efficient staff, and with a reasonably priced menu of tasty exquisite morsels.



So I bought a Neudorf Pinot Gris 2009 at the village wine shop almost next door. I had assumed it would be the average off-dry style, but in fact it was more medium sweet. Which was a bit of a surprise – problem is you never know what quite you’re getting with some of the aromatic styles like Pinot Gris, Gew├╝rztraminer, and Riesling. The wine can be anything from dessert sweet to flinty bone dry.


As it turned out the wine was a good match for the fresh and tasty items like: tempura oysters, rare beef, edamame (baby soy beans in pod), and fried rice.

Medium sweet, rich and slightly mineral with quince, pear and apple juice flavours.


It would make sense to have some kind of common sweetness rating system for our wine producers so that we know what to expect. A label sticker with a 7 out of 10 or similar would be very helpful.

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