Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2022

January 31, 2023By Yvonne

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2022 $25 If you were wishing for a sweetly-styled, bog-standard, boring old pinot gris then, that’s very odd because who wants that? I’m forever on the hunt for something showing bright nashi and zesty citrus layers, hints of nutmeg and apple strudel spices and showing a solid, dry finish. That’s … Read More

Penkridge Farm Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022

January 30, 2023By Yvonne

Penkridge Farm Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022 $28* A vibrant, classically-styled pinot gris with quince, nashi and nutmeg notes on the nose and palate and has tangy richness in the mid-palate and a decent, dry finish. Made my Antony Worch, winemaker to many Central Otago stars, this pinot gris has Autumn afternoon cheese platter written … Read More

Penkridge Farm Central Otago Pinot Gris 2021

January 30, 2023By Yvonne

Penkridge Farm Central Otago Pinot Gris 2021 ($tbc) Very golden in the glass and possesses a slightly sweet-sour, botrytis and white pepper character on the nose and palate. Consumed ultra-chilled tends to accentuate the citrus and quince characters – however it’s not as varietal and refined as other Penkridge vintages I’ve tasted.

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2022

December 28, 2022By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2022 $23 Forget about the common description of ‘pear’ for pinot gris, because this wine is the whole darn orchard! Nashi, Golden Delicious apples, quince, yellow pears and hints of peach all feature in this new release grown in the mineral-rich Moutere Clays of Nelson. Dry, deliciously textural and nicely balanced, … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022

December 15, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022 $22 Super-attractive nose showing pear strudel spices and creamy quince and apple notes, soft peach and nutmeggy magic which all flows through onto the palate in a wave of soothing, refreshing, cleansing crispness. It’s a lovely, beautifully balanced style showing layers of stylish complexity and a long … Read More

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022

December 2, 2022By Yvonne

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022 $24 Bright pear and green apple aromas combine with a tweak of nutmeg and yellow plum on the nose and palate. The acidity is fresh and peaky which accentuates its dry finish. 2022 was a challenging vintage and this is a solid effort.  

Villa Maria Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2021

November 29, 2022By Yvonne

Villa Maria Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2021 $29 One of the most highly awarded pinot gris in the country, this rich, refreshingly creamy, nashi-stacked new vintage from their Seddon Vineyard in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, is not letting the side down that’s for sure. A splash of wild fermentation in older oak barrels and a 6month … Read More

Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Gris 2021

November 27, 2022By Yvonne

Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Gris 2021 $35 Winemaker Paul Pujol has once again created an absolutely stunning pinot gris from fruit grown in the ‘schist-happens’ clay and chalk soils of their Rocky Point and Home vineyard in Bendigo, on some of the steepest slopes in the region. Fermented using wild, indigenous yeasts and matured … Read More

Domain Road Defiance Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022

November 21, 2022By Yvonne

Domain Road Defiance Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022 $28 Paired with: Turkish Lentil Köfte by Annabel Langbein in the NZ Herald Nov 26th 2022 All those deep flavours of cumin, chilli, tomato and lemon deserve a wine with punch and pluck which is why I’m recommending this incredible, nashi, nutmeg and quince-laced wine from … Read More

Batch Thomas Legacy Waiheke Island Pinot Gris 2019

October 21, 2022By Yvonne

Batch Thomas Legacy Waiheke Island Pinot Gris 2019 $74 My sister is a very good schoolteacher. From an early age, she was remarkably committed to finding ways of telling people what to do and how to do it. I once called her ‘bossy’. She said she couldn’t help being ‘aggressively helpful’. So I bought her … Read More