WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

New Zealand pinot gris is diverging into two styles - a lush, fruit-driven version with someresidual sweetness and sometimes overbearing alcohol, and a drier, more complex, style, often with somelees ageing or barrel fermentation.

 

BEST UNDER $20

Wild River Waipara Dry Pinot Gris 2011

$15

Three stars (out of five)

Good value

A simple, fruit-driven wine, oozing lush, ripe peaches, pears and tropical fruit salad with a suggestion of herbs and afirm, dryish finish.

www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

 

 

Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2011

$19

Three stars (out of five)

Average value

Zesty aromas, lots of lush, sweet fruit - peaches pears, tropical fruit and a hint of citrus, with a slight nutty undertone, rich with mouth-filling alcohol and a hot finish.

www.waimeabrands.com

 

 

Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Gris 2011

$25.90

Four stars

Average value

A stylish, wine, more about structure and texture than overblown fruit, although there is fruit weight along with hints of honey, savoury notes, a suggestion of nuts, and a long, clean, dry finish. A well-balanced, food wine from a long established vineyard.

www.matawhero.co.nz

 

Domain Road Co Pinot Gris 2011

$27

Three and a half stars

Below average value

A sweeter style of pinot gris, oozing lush tropical and pip fruit with a hint of nuttiness anda clean, crisp, long aftertaste.

www.domainroad.co.nz

 

 

Mahi Ward farm Pinot Gris 2011

$29

four stars

Aaverage value

A rich, mouth-filling wine with savoury and floral notes, a hint of golden syrup, and a long dry, textural finish.

Whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation with wild yeast has given it a stylish structure and texture, and reined in the fruit.

www.mahiwine.co.nz

 

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2011

$29.90

Four and a half stars

Average value

Rich, textural and mouth-filling, this is an intriguing, complex wine with citrus overtones, hints of mandarin,nuts and caramel, and a long, well-balanced finish. It demonstrates the potential of pinot gris to make a seriously fine wine.

www.neudorf.co.nz

 

ANOTHER GLASS

Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011

$21

Three stars

Average value

A hint of ripe pears and peaches, with a dusty finish and lingering sweetness on the aftertaste.

www.riverbyestate.com

 

Pasquale Waitaki Pinot Grigio 2011

$34

Three and a half stars

Below average value

A young wine that takes time to reveal its lush fruit held in restraint by a firm structure anda lean dry finish. Pinot grigio is the Italian name for this variety.

www.pasquale.co.nz