Urlar Estate is a fabulous winery based in Gladstone, Wairarapa. They produce single vineyard wines and stick to the principals of biodyamic and organic wine production and the result is beautiful, clean, hand crafted wines.
This month we’re show casing their 2012 Pinot Noir, 2012 Pinot Gris and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, we like the Pinot Noir so much we have a barrel of it behind the bar!
2013 Sauv Blanc is $11.00 a glass and $45.00 a bottle
2012 Pinot Gris is $64.00 a bottle
2012 Pinot Noir is $14.50 a glass and $54.00 a bottle
Wine Critic Raymond Chan’s reveiws of Urlar’s pinots
Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2012 – 4 stars
Fruit hand-picked and WBP, fully barrel-fermented in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. and 1.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 12 months in oak, the wine undergoing batonnage. Full straw-yellow colour with pale gold hues. The nose is full and broad with solid and deep aromas of yellow stonefruits with minerally lees elements and nutty, barrel nuances, unfolding complexing layers of pear and honeysuckle with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, softly concentrated and well-packed flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits are melded with minerals, smoke and nutty elements. The mouthfeel is rounded from the barrel-ferment, with some phenolic textures forming a dry palate line. The palate flows with good drive to a weighty and dry, grainy, lingering finish. This is a medium-bodied, dry Pinot Gris with complex, savoury stonefruit, mineral and nutty funkiness. Serve with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5+/20
Urlar Gladstone Pinot Noir 2012 – 4 stars
Light ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is fresh and elegantly proportioned with moderately concentrated, aromatic and vibrant red berry fruit and red florals, along with herb and stalk nuances. Some pepper and oak detail unfolds in the glass. Medium-bodied, fresh, bright and juicy red berry fruit flavours mingle with sweet floral and herbal elements. The palate opens to show some oak toast and smoke hints, unfolding from the fine core. The tannins are fine-grained, and balanced acidity adds to the energy and linear flow, carrying the fruit-focussed flavours to a lively and juicy finish with noticeable acidity. This is a fresh and vibrant, sweet-fruited, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with some herb notes. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in 25% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5+/20