Famille Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015 $41 (4 stars)

The immediate punch-in-the-face of pear, green apple, quince paste in this brand new release of an Alsace icon will be something you’ll relish.  Luscious and exotically spicy, with honeysuckle, fabulous fruit weight and delicious drive across the palate.  100% pinot gris grown in the Riquewihr district has produced a lovely example, which may have tiny […]

Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $30 (5 star)

Created by the master pinot craftsman Grant Taylor, comes my new favourite pinot gris. Lovely nashi pear, peach and the softest of ginger flavours makes this Gibbston-grown gris kick start a happy dance in the mouth.  With a rich, creamy, textural mouthfeel and huge palate appeal, you’d best be quick to get your mits on […]

Paddy Borthwick Martinborough Pinot Gris 2016 $24

Full, fat and generous with its time, this pinot gris from Paddy Borthwick washes clean nashi and white peach flavours across your tastebuds, leaving a creamy yet spritzy texture behind. 33% of the juice is run into older French oak barrels to ferment, which adds toasty, tangy, spicy apple strudel characters that line the oesophagus […]

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $24

Crafted from fruit sourced from Rockburn’s ‘Parkburn’ and ‘Gibbston Valley Back Road’ vineyards, I love the subtle splash of white pepper, nashi pear, fennel and white peach on both the nose and palate of this wine. Dry, clean and boasting underlying creamy, chalky textures and real fruit fullness, this beautifully balanced gris is long and […]

Maude Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $26.99

Central Otago has serious talent when it comes to hitting the stage with class-act pinot gris. Brand new and framed with an elegant line of nashi and quince, this new release is delicately fruity, with a lovely chalky texture and cleansing finish. Sourced from vineyards growing at the foot of Mount Maude in Wanaka and […]

Sileni Estates Sparkling Cuvée Pinot Gris NV $19 (2.5 stars)

I know packaging shouldn’t matter, but I really loathe those plastic ‘zork’ corks. The colour blue works on very few bottles and my eyes ache trying to digest more than 2 fonts on a label – but if you go beyond all the ‘busyness’ there’s actually an OK wine inside. Aromas of caramel apple brioche […]

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris 2013 $23

Twenty minutes from Christchurch on the West Coast Road (SH73) is a leafy locale known as West Melton, home to a plucky community of winegrowers, including Philip Caunter, a million-miles-an-hour man who doubles as ‘software entrepreneur’ and ‘ardent fan of the West Melton RFC’.  His vines grow on free-draining, greywacke-littered soils gifted by ancient braided […]

Akarua RUA Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $23 (4 star)

Here’s a bold, stonefruit-soaked southern pinot gris that boasts honeysuckle, baking spices, roast peach and loads of tangy acidity and lifted florals.  It’s juicy, succulent and a really satisfying example that any pinot gris fan will fawn over – especially with a fluffy blue cheese soufflé and pear and rocket salad. www.akarua.com

Te Pa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $19 (4.5 star)

Golden, glossy and gorgeous in the glass and a trophy winner weighing in at under $20 – how great is that?  Sweetly perfumed with roast pear and apple strudel notes, spice and lifted, peachy flavours.  It’s tangy and fruity to drink yet it finishes zesty and dry.  There’s a lovely zingy texture on that coats […]

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Gris 2016 $25 (3.5 star)

Aged on its yeast lees (what’s left over once the yeast finishes fermenting), this Wairarapa-grown gris is deliciously dry, lean, clean and shows an edge of apple skin, nashi juice and white pepper.  There’s a splash of citrus on the finish and it’s got some good persistence on the palate.  Grown organically and clearly there’s […]

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