Pinot gris can be fresh and fruity, overblown and hot with
high alcohol or, as with some of the most interesting ones,
complex with barrel fermentation and lees ageing.
Invivo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Four stars (out of five)
A bold, flavoursome wine, aromatic and mouth-filling with
ripe pear, peach and apple, a suggestion of nuts and a
textural,well-balanced, firm finish.
Ara Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
A delicious wine, fragrant with lovely fruit intensity - pear
and peach with a slight nutty undertone, texture and a
fresh,well-balanced, dryish finish.
Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2011
Three and a half stars
Rich, with sweet ripe - almost overripe - apple and pear,
hints of nuts, mouth-filling and hot on the finish. Look for
it on special at $14.
Brancott Estate Flight Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Below average value
This is one of Brancott's lower alcohol (9%) wines. It's
pale, fragrant, with simple, flavours and a light sweetness
on the finish. Often found on special.
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Light aromas but full-on, exuberant flavours - ripe pear,
peach, citrus, nuts, caramel and even hints of fennel,
concentrated with texture from some barrel fermentation.
This is a delicious take on a sometimes boring variety, but
you expect no less from Lawson's.
Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Four and a half stars
Another mouth-filling wine with lots of flavour - oozing ripe
pears and peaches, and complex nutty, buttery caramel notes,
it's also balanced, harmonious and charming, as expected from
winemaker Kevin Judd. This will develop with another year or
two's bottle age.