Flora, grape which pretended to be Pinot Gris

I guess that all of us know how Carmenere pretended to me Merlot for many years in Chile. Finally, in 1994 it was discovered and proved that Carmenere, not Merlot, was the real star of Chilean winemaking and since that time it has become the most recognisable grape variety in Chile.

Similar case, however on smaller scale, had place in New Zealand, where Flora grape was taken for Pinor Gris. Flora was created in California at UC David in 1938 as a cross between Gewurztraminer and Semillon. Last weekend I had a chance to try Flora for the first time in my life. It was a wine from Tosq winery from Central Otago and it was kept on skins for about 80 days. The wine was full of lychee, rose petals, honey, flowers, honey and nuts. In the mouth it was round with high acidity and very dry, which was pretty surprising after heavy and sweet aromas.

Another wine from Tosq we could try was theirs Pinot Noir from 2011. The wine spent one year in French oak and another over 2 years on bottle. It had aromas of red fruit, vanilla and smoke. The palete was light, fresh, with lively acidity, delicate tannins and long finish. I must admit that it was another step towards convincing me to Central Otago’s Pinots.


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