Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Gris 2018 $24

Alex Muir and Leah Creaven are the forces behind Martinborough’s newest splash in the wine pond and they’re determined to educate people that it’s what’s NOT in the bottle that makes it distinctive.  Produced at a positively demure 9.5% alcohol and showing clean, lightly-styled, apple and greengage plum notes on the nose and palate, it’s a fabulously far cry from those broad, bland, commercial supermarket styles.  Made as naturally as possible, with minimal sulphur additions, it’s a mineral-driven, lemon-verbena licked wine that exhibits subtlety and a unique style.