Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016 $19.99 4.5 stars

How’s this for hands-off winemaking. Organic fruit harvested a little later than normal to enhance the fruit sweetness and then the juice is left to soak overnight with the skins to extract a little more texture and complexity. Extended lees stirring during a ferment kickstarted with wild yeasts from the vineyard itself has added layers […]

Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016

Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $27.45 ★★★★½ Jody Pagey and Len Ibbotson are the winemaking and viticulture guru’s responsible for this luscious and tangy, southern star pinot gris. It’s a wine that seduced me from the get-go with its punchy nashi freshness and apple strudel spices. Rich and luscious and bursting […]

Neudorf Maggies Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2015

Neudorf Maggies Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2015 $26 ★★★★ The thing that really impressed me was the immediate aromatic hit of baked apple, crushed sea-shells and spice.  It’s a lean, dry, ultra-clean style of pinot gris that has tightwire acidity on the palate and a long, chalky finish.  I’d be sipping this with slowcooked pork […]

Petane Station Esk Valley Pinot Gris 2015

Petane Station Esk Valley Pinot Gris 2015 $27 ★★★★½ Hot off the bottling line, winemaker Philip Barber has created a pale gold, pear and peach-laden pinot gris that has absolutely lovely layers of dried pineapple, caramel, anise, rockmelon and fig.  Yes, you heard me correct – there’s THAT much in this wine.  Pronounced ‘Pea-tarny Station’, […]

Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015

Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $19 ★★★½ The aromas of this wine remind me of old school eskimo lollies from the pick’n’mix bins at the supermarket.  Soft cornflower florals, pear, hints of apple and sweet confection.  On the palate however it’s a different story, with the team at Sacred Hill producing a clean, tangy, […]

Fifty Shades of Gris…

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 29 Mar 2016   Back in the early 2000’s when I said goodbye to my loved ones, packed up my corkscrew and set out to seek my fortune in this wine writing caper, things were already on the turn.  There was change in the air, confusion and wonder.  The rules […]

Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015

Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 $27 ★★★★ If you think you’re ready to take your pinot gris appreciation to the next level then here’s your stepladder.  Crafted by guru winemaker Olly Masters from vines growing on the vertigo-inducingly steep slopes of Bendigo overlooking Lake Dunstan, this wine has powerful roast pear, […]

Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Pinot Gris 2015

Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Pinot Gris 2015 $18 ★★★★ What Steve and Eileen Voysey don’t know about growing grapes in Gisborne probably isn’t worth thinking about.  They’re experts in gleaning every drop of excellence from their vineyards and this stonefruit-packed pinot gris is no exception.  With nashi pear, quince and classic, baked apple and musky […]

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2015

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2015 $29 ★★★★ Winemaker Todd Stevens and viticulturist Richard Flatman have done a cracker of a job creating  pinot gris that smells like pear and apple strudel served with poached quince and cream.  Exotically spicy, chock full of ripe fruit and has a deeply textural mouthfeel that’s fresh and funky.  A […]

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 $25 ★★★★½ Lovers of sweeter pinot gris are sure to go doolally over this honeysuckle-soaked style.  Think nectarine, nashi pear, mandarin and the pungent tang of quince, make this Bannockburn-grown gris downright gorgeous.  Superb with your next chicken tikka marsala.  www.domainroad.co.nz

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