WINE REVIEWS: Pinot gris

This cluster of pinot gris revealed some rich, fruity wines that are often big and oily. I find it's the fresher, livelier ones that invite a second glass.

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Anchorage Nelson Pinot Gris 2012

$17.50

Three and a half stars (out of 5)

Good value

A fresh, fruity wine - ripe tropical fruit, mango and tinned peaches, with a soft texture and hint of mineral. An easy, off-dry wine

www.anchoragewines.co.nz

 

 

Staete Landt Map Maker Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

$19.90

Three and a half stars

Good value

With light stonefruit but weight in the mouth, this is a big wine but nevertheless fresh, textural and nicely balanced.

www.staetelandt.co.nz

 

 

Ryan Nelsen Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012

$20

Three and a half stars

Good value

Floral with hints of peaches and tropical fruit, this has a nutty undertone, a fat, oily texture and an off-dry finish.

www.rnwines.com

 

 

Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012

$22

4 stars

Good value

A lively, textural wine with attractive floral aromas and suggestions of peach and pear, a slightly nutty undertone and a zesty, dryish finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

www.terrasancta.co.nz

 

 

Barrington Three Blocks Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012

$24

Three and a half stars

Average value

A light, fresh wine with a hint of ginger and pear, a firm structure and dryish finish. Available in 375ml as well as 750ml bottles.

www.barringtonwine.co.nz

 

 

Gibbston Highgate Dreammaker Pinot Gris 2012

$25

Three and a half stars

Good value

This has attractive fruit hinting of pear and quince, supported by texture from some barrel fermentation, and a fresh, simple finish.

www.gibbstonhighgate.co.nz

- charmian.smith@odt.co.nz