Characteristically pinot gris oozes sweet fruit hinting of pears and has a silky or oil texture but unless well balanced is often marred by the obtrusive heat of high alcohol.
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From the Ohau river area just north of the Kapiti coast, this hints of pear and white peach with a suggestion of caramel and nuts on the finish.
Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011
A rich wine oozing ripe pears and lightly caramelised peaches with a hint of nuttiness and attractive sweetness.
Wild Earth Otago Pinot Gris 2011
Mainly Bannockburn fruit lifted with some from the Waitaki, this is fragrant with hints of quince and pear with a suggestion of caramelised peaches.
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Fragrant and zesty with hints of pungent herbs and flowers, a silky texture and lots of character, oozes mouthfilling fruit with hints of nuts. Not for the faint-hearted.
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011
An elegant, attractive wine with hints of nashi pear, stone and citrus fruit, and a nicely balanced finish.
Murdoch James Blue Rock Martinborough Pinot Gris 2010
This has benefited from an extra year's bottle age, developing complexity and texture. It's mouthfilling with a nutty undertone and a dry finish.
Wild South Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
A light wine, slightly sweet with a firm finish.
Bouldevines Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Below average value
Hints of apple and ripe pear with an oily texture and a hot finish.
Seresin Momo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
An aromatic, mouthfilling wine with sweet fruit, a hint of caramel and a dry, hot finish.
Soho Jagger Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Below average value
Dusty, floral aromas, with hints of pear, an oily texture, but although it seems to lack vibrancy, it is well balanced with a dry finish. A stylish new label with wines from around the country.
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Two stars - simple, clean, enjoyable wine; three stars - good wine with varietal characteristics; four stars - very good wine with some outstanding characteristics; five stars - outstanding wine with balance and harmony that leaves you with a sense of wonder.