WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

Fruity, sweet and hot is a common description of pinot gris, but sometimes you come acrossone that pushes the boundaries like Main Divide, or restrained and delicate likeRockburn or nutty with some lees contact or barrel fermentation like Odyssey.

 

BEST VALUE

Main Divide Waipara Pinot Gris 2013

$20

Four stars (out of five)

Good value

Pushing pinot gris to its lush, decadent fruitiness - ripe peaches, nectarines, dried apricot, honey, hints of mint and ginger, this is unashamedly sweet and velvety but with an attractive, fresh finish.

www.maindivide.com

 

 

 

Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

$20

Three stars 

Average value

With a whiff of ripe pears and stone fruit, this is simple and fruity with an oily texture, and a hot, high-alcohol finish.

www.sacredhill.com

 

 

 

Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013

$25

Three and a half stars

Average value

Fresh, attractive aromas with hints of pear, apple and white peach, a light sweetness and crisp finish. Relatively restrained and nicely balanced.

www.rockburn.co.nz

 

 

 

Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

$26

Three and a half stars

Average value

More about texture than overt fruitiness, this is nutty and mouth-filling with a dry finish. Made with lees contact and barrel age, this mature, two-year old wine is in a different style from some of the fruit-salady wines in this tasting.

www.odysseywines.co.nz

 

 

 

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013

$29

Four stars

Average value

Perfumed and floral with hints of apples, nectarines, a nutty creaminess and a faint sweetness, this stylish wine is restrained and elegant with a freshness, charm and lovely crisp finish.

www.rockburn.co.nz

 

 

 

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2013

$30

Four star

Average value

A complex, textural wine with fresh fruit and hints of nuts from wild yeast fermentation in old barrels and lees contact, and a firm, balanced finish.

www.neudorf.co.nz

 

 

 

ANOTHER GLASS

Gunn Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

$20

Three stars

Average value

Slightly creamy and nutty with a suggestion of apple and lively fruit, then a burst of alcoholic heat on the finish.

www.gunnestate.co.nz

 

 

 

Forrest Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

$22

Three and a half stars

Average value

Fresh pear and stone fruit with a light sweetness, an oily texture, a hint of bitterness, and a dry finish. Better with food.

www.forrest.co.nz

 

 

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