Toi Toi Brookdale Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 $22.75

The Brookdale vineyard is seriously stony. Any rainwater just drains directly through to the water table below, giving the grapes just a scrap of moisture to survive on. But being on the edge of starving is exactly what makes a pinot gris vine produce intense pear drop, quince and nashi niceness on the nose and […]

Gibson Bridge Botrytis Pinot Gris 2014 375ml $38 (3.5 stars)

Deep amber-coloured, this sticky treat is so named after the sixteen rows of pinot gris grapes that were left on the vine to succumb to the noble botrytis rot. It’s toffee’d and toasty and nutty and has roast apricot, fig and quince characters on the palate. If you have any cavities in your teeth, prepare […]

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $22 (4.5 stars)

Tinpot Hut’s owner and winemaker Fiona Turner began developing her vineyard in the Awatere Valley with husband Hamish back in 2005. At 12 years old, the vines are maturing nicely. Named after the historic landmark frequented by local high country, Marlborough musterers, this super-sippable wine has won more awards than you can sling a screwcap […]

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014 $24 (4 stars)

Go for a hoon around Rosie Butler and Rodger Tynan’s vineyard located just outside of the tiny township of Tikokino (about 20 mins from Takapau and 10 mins from Onga Onga) and you’ll see incredible lumps of limestone rock puncturing the ridgelines. It’s this fossil-rich soil which gives this gris its classically crisp, cleansing, mineral-like […]

River-T Estate Waitaki Pinot Gris 2017 $22 (4.5 stars)

It’s got to be the limestone-laced, river gravels that these vines grow in that makes the wine so bouncy-fresh in the mouth. Think tangy nectarine, quince and nashi notes combining with speed-racer acidity and a lengthy, fruit-soaked finish. Cleansing and crunchy – I love it!

Moutere Hills Nelson Pinot Gris 2016 $23 (4 stars)

Nelson is known around the globe as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to turning out aromatic whites erupting with eye-poppingly pure, clean floral notes and crisp, stonefruit and apple characters. Produced by Rusty Rayne and Lisa Goodson, this pinot gris hits that zingy, spicy spot that sneaks through the dry, pear […]

Two Rivers Brookby Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $19.99 (4 stars)

The 2016 won a gold medal at the 2017 NZ International Wine Show because it seduced the judges with its nashi and nectarine nuances, prickly, sexy texture, sweet, ripe perfume and cleansing length of flavour. I reckon this new version is just as delicious. Made by the dangerously talented (and not shabby looking) Dave Clouston, […]

Pukeora Estate Ruahine Range Pinot Gris 2015/2016 $21 (4 stars)

It’s a rare thing to see these days, blending two vintages of a still wine together (multi-vintage blending is common in sparklings), yet winemaker Max Annabell has made this work. A tiny pinot gris harvest in 2015 meant the wine was kept aside and when an equally tiny (but delicious) vintage followed in 2016, he […]

Arthur Metz Steinklotz Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2013 $40

It’s not an easy thing to find Grand Cru Pinot Gris here in Godzone, but this one was well worth hunting for. Steinklotz translates to ‘limestone block’ and that’s what contributes to the deliciously dry, cleansing, mineral-driven mouthfeel of this wine. Perfumed with lanolin, nashi pear a squeak of honeysuckle adds to a rather sexy, […]

Longbush Wines Gisborne Pinot Gris 2017 $13.95 (3 stars)

Here’s a bright, tangy, tropical crowd-pleaser of a pinot gris with good cause behind it. Designed to help fund the Longbush Eco-Sanctuary run by Anne and Jeremy Salmond, it aims to create a haven for endangered birds and plants on the banks of the Waimata River, 7kms from Gisborne. So you can enjoy your pear, […]

Contact Me

Mobile: +64 21 379 877
Send me an email!

For information on how to submit wines for review Click here


Thirsty Work

Thirsty Work is now into its 4th series with episodes available to watch on demand
For info on how to view any of our previous series episodes please email me


Thirsty Work teaser