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 […]

Haythornthwaite Ursula Martinborough Pinot Gris 2012 $25

Don’t freak out if when you pull the cork (Yes, you’ll need one of those cork-pully-outy things) and you see tiny crystals attached to it.  These ‘wine diamonds’ are safe, natural and a sign of a wine made without fining or filtration.  Named after Mark Haythornthwaite’s sister, (who adores dry white wines), here’s a richly […]

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $24.95

Tim Preston and Paul Dawick are like the Batman and Robin, the Han Solo and Chewbacca, the Spongebob and Patrick (modern parent reference there) of winemaking duo’s, leaping into every wine adventure with gusto, and this gris is testament to that.  Enjoy its aromas of poached quince, pear and apple followed by a deliciously dry, […]

Fairhall Downs Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 $23.95

Smelling this wine is like walking into an apple packhouse.  Intoxicating waves of Golden Delicious, Gala and Rose assail the olfactories, and once they wash across the tastebuds, a ribbon of nashi, nectarine and white pepper wraps them all up and sends them south in a tsunami of dry, softly prickly acidity and powdery textural […]

Omaka Springs Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $18 ★★★★

This is a crisp, lipsmacking example with all the classic hallmarks of quince, nashi pear, spicy apple  and musky, tropical tones that I certainly look for in good gris.  Satisfying, super-sippable and just a really tasty wine that’s perfect for these chilly, autumn afternoons.

The Winemaker’s Wife Waipara Pinot Gris 2015 $22 ★★★★★

Clean, tangy poached pear, quince and hints of mango manage to wash across the palate of this trophy winning pinot gris.  Fresh and fulsome, it’s a multi-layered slippery yet satisfyingly fruity example that will be an absolutely winner with creamy smoked chicken and bacon pasta.

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2016 $24.50 ★★★★

Certified vegan-friendly, this gorgeous little gris is 100% sourced from Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach’s ‘Home Block’ vineyard, and comprises of ‘Mission’, ‘Larcomb’ and ‘KWV’ clones (how’s that for techie info)  Gris fans will love the ripe, juicy peach and pear characters, classic, clean nashi notes and its rich, textural finish.  Sip with Pad Thai. Yum! […]

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