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 […]

Rod McDonald Mister Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $17.99

How cute and storybookish is this label?  Shouldn’t matter I know, but I was seduced straight away.  Hawke’s Bay pinot gris has personality all of its own, so expect delicate Winter Cole pear aromas and juicy, nectarine and ginger-laced tension in the mouth. Taut and tightrope-like on the finish, it’s a groovy gris for sure. […]

Giesen Vineyard Selection Pinot Gris 2016 $17.99

Created from fruit sourced from vineyards around the country, this is a clean, tangy, apple-focused wine edged with nashi pear and peach notes.  Lipsmackingly crisp acidity and laced with baking spices and boasting a dryish, minerally finish, it’s a crowd pleaser for sure. Sip with: a wedge of Emmental cheese and apple and feijoa chutney […]

Greystone Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $25.90

If you’re a fan of pinot gris that feels luxuriously rich, plump and plush on the palate, yet finishes with a crisp, chalky-dry texture – then this is right up your cul de sac.  Grown using chemical-free, natural viticulture techniques and carefully coaxed into the bottle by Dominic Maxwell and his talented team, this baked […]

Two Rivers Wairau Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $25

There’s a sea of pinot gris out there and it can feel like a bit of a lottery trying to find one that ticks all your boxes.  Yet here’s one that somehow manages to pack ripe, musky pear, quince and strudel spices into the bottle alongside a canon of crunchy-crisp nashi notes, a bright, mineral […]

Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2015 $18

The wine has that pinky-gold colour which indicates the juice has spent a touch of time in contact with its skins before the ferment.  This not only gives it a spash of colour, it also adds an extra layer of texture to its dry, nashi, quince and apple pie flavours. Sip with: The oldest, most […]

Bald Hills Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 $28 ★★★★★

How clean, light, tangy and terrific is this wine?  I’ll tell you.  It’s darn excellent ok.  It’s so good it’ll turn even the most hard-boiled pinot gris Grinch.  Bursting with ripe pear, peach, quince and yummy yuzu flavours, it’s delicious on every level.  Central Otago has real talent for this variety. Sip with: smoked chicken […]

Mahi Ward Farm Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $29.90

Mahi’s Brian Bicknell is the happiest man in all of Marlborough.  I say this because I’ve never seen him without a massive grin on his face.  But what’s not to smile about when your wines turn out like this.  Sourced from a vineyard in Ward, a small community 8km from the sea just south of […]

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