39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $25  For starters how pretty does this look in the glass?  A touch of skin contact has given it the softest, sexiest blush of pink and I love how it rocks classic quince and nashi niceness on the nose, followed by ripe stonefruit, punchy acidity and tongue-tingling textures […]

Gibson Bridge Tasting Oct 2018

Gibson Bridge Estate Blend Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $38 This pinot gris is deeply golden in the glass, perhaps due to its age and also its partial barrel fermentation and the addition of 12% gewurztraminer already barrel fermented itself.  On the nose it has nutty complexity, musky florals and spiced stonefruit characters.  The acidity is fresh […]

Invivo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Invivo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 $17.99 Shiny and new from the Invivo team, comes this pinot gris packed with fresh-cut pear, nashi and green apple flavours that zing around the palate on a hoverboard of crunchy acidity and spritzy texture.  Ultra-fresh and zesty, it’s a little cracker. www.invivostore.com

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2017 $16.99  This wine is a little out of balance so it’s not the easiest of wines to drink.  Aromas of honey, baked pear are initially positive, yet there’s a slightly sour note on the palate which throws things slightly.  There are better wines in the Sherwood stable.

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris 2015 $20  Located in the leafy climes of West Melton, 20 mins or so drive west of Christchurch city, this pinot gris has a hint of botrytis character happening, honeyed notes, beeswax and some roast stonefruit showing through.  Doesn’t really show the classic nashi, pear, quince and apple characters that […]

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

Crafters Union Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $21 ★★★½

Ultra-pretty and bright like a pink diamond in the glass and shows fresh watermelon, light raspberry and soft peppercorn characters in the glass.  Here’s a dry, crisp and refined Rosé that’ll have you singing in the summer in seconds flat. Sip with old fashioned curried sausages – yum! Available in supermarkets nationwide

The Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016 $19.95 (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 […]

Ka Tahi East Coast Pinot Gris 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

Worried that you’re going to get something sweet and boring?  For years I was too, but today Kiwi winemakers are super-skilled at creating clean, lean, deliciously dry and delicately fragrant pinot gris and these are the styles I love to look out for.  This is a new brand crafted by Rod McDonald’s team at his […]

Cottier Estate Gladstone Pinot Gris 2013 $17.50 (5 stars)

The rocky old Ruamahanga River in Gladstone nourishes Cottier Estate’s vineyards and helps them create classically full, generous pinot gris like this.  Pinot gris that’s packed with pear, ripe juicy rose apple, nashi and a squeak of quince all crash across the tastebuds in this beautifully balanced aromatic white. Fat and sassy on the palate, […]

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