Great name, great packaging, great story. We’re on third base before we even taste this wine – always a good sign. Winemaker Stephen Wyse hails from legendary Burrowing Owl, where he’s been crafting his family’s cult wines for the past decade. Together with his partner, Michelle Young, Stephen is out to add another chapter to the Wyse wine dynasty with the launch of his handcrafted Young & Wyse.
Carrying on the family tradition, Amber is named for Stephen and Michelle’s daughter, and fittingly glows a deep lemon, mild amber in the glass. The unique blend, 47% Viognier, 38% Pinot Gris, 15% Gewurztraminer, comes together fluidly in this aromatic white. Sweet ripe peach, apricot and citrus aromas carry through to the crisp and dry palate, joined by tropical fruit and baked pear crumble. There is a whiff of white flowers throughout, adding emphasis to the medium body lingering finish. Stainless steel fermentation preserves the fresh fruit, but there is enough heft here (and alcohol – 14%) to take on poached chicken or fish.