Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

April 21, 2021By Yvonne

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $20 This perky Pinot Gris from the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle brings the sunshine back into the bleakest winter day. Nashi, nutmeg, red apple and pear strudel spices lead to a fresh, dryish mouthfeel that exhibits a deliciously exfoliating texture on the finish. Fermented wild, … Read More

Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020 $19.90 Vegan-Friendly certified, this dry, spice-stacked Pinot Gris get’s its layers of character from a combo of barrel and tank fermentation. On the nose and palate you can expect quince, hints of appleskin and nashi, yet it has a strong, mineral-focused backbone and a long cleansing finish. It’s definitely not … Read More

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2018

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2018 $25 Organically and Biodynamically grown and tended by viticulturist Bevan Lambess, and crafted into wine by Jannine Rickards, this wild, wooly and mineral-edged Pinot Gris will definitely appeal to those who prefer their gris on the dry side. 12% of the blend went in as ripe bunches that were fermented … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2020

April 12, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2020 $28 If you thought Pinot Gris was a snore-fest then prepare to have your brain blown up by this deliciously dry, mineral-saturated, nashi-induced bottle of niceness. Clean, lean, quartz and laced with lemon pith, nutmeg, apple and pear-packed – this is a gris that’ll gently exfoliate your palate in spectacular … Read More

Ash Ridge Alti Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Alti Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $29 There’s very little of this bony-dry, funky, mineral-heavy Pinot Gris left, so if you’re a fan of natural, skinsy, quartzy styles then this needs to be on your shopping list. Alti in that its made in an alternative style to conventional Pinot Gris and it’ll definitely … Read More

Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2005

April 4, 2021By Yvonne

Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2005 $na I tasted this wine 16 years after harvest, in 2021 and I’ve got to say it was a revelation. With the acidity still pinging in this ultra-golden, teenage sensation, the spices are zooming along the vanilla, nutmeg and apple strudel spectrum and it’s developing some delicious, nutty … Read More

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

February 26, 2021By Yvonne

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $19.99 I love the tiny squeak of apricot in the colour of this wine as it pours into the glass. The skins of Pinot Gris grapes are pinky-grey and if they’re left in contact with the juice for a short while, they’ll impart this gorgeous rose-gold tint. … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2019

February 1, 2021By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2019 $20.99 Golden in the glass and showing distinctive honeyed, beeswaxy aromas from some earlier-picked and  later-ripened fruit being included in the mix. They’re aiming for ‘a classic Alsatian style with a North Canterbury twist’, so the grapes were all fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and … Read More

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2020

February 1, 2021By Yvonne

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2020 $27 Grown on Graeme Crosbie’s ‘Defiance’ vineyard on Felton Road, this shiny new Pinot Gris is explosively fresh, frisky and fanging with flavour. Think white peach, Golden Delicious apples, quince and nashi niceness on the nose and palate and a clean, crunchy finish that’s like a luscious … Read More

Wither Hills Early Light Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

January 31, 2021By Yvonne

Wither Hills Early Light Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 $17.99 Weighing in at a positively demure 9.5% alcohol, this smooth, softly-juicy Pinot Gris was able to pack in solid amounts of peach, nashi pear and Golden Delicious apple into every sip without the heavy alcohol hit, by being harvested early to capture good flavours without the … Read More