Wine reviews: Blends

This group of wines turned up with a couple of PGR blends - pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer. These three aromatic grapes can work well together, with the fullness of pinot gris balanced by the liveliness of riesling.



Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Riesling 2014


Four stars (out of five)

Good value

A youthful wine, fragrant with hints of mandarin, lime and mineral, followed by lush fruit, suggestions of nectarines and tropical flavours, intense in the mouth, with a fresh finish and a lingering sweetness.





Peter Yealands Marlborough PGR 2014


Three stars

Average value

Hints of citrus and stonefruit with a light sweetness and a crisp, textural finish. An attractive dry white.





Yealands Estate Awatere PGR 2014


Three and a half stars

Average value

Fragrant with hints of flowers, stone fruit and citrus, mouth-filling with some intensity and power.





Greystone Waipara Riesling 2011


Four stars out of five

Good value

With three years bottle age this has developed lush, enticing aromas, rich, complex flavours hinting of lime marmalade, quince paste and cream, and a crisp, racy finish. It's an intense medium-sweet wine with a dry finish and is delicious with cheese. It will continue to develop for another two or three years.





Two Paddocks Central Otago Riesling 2013


Four stars

Average value

Hints of ripe apple, lime, citrus and mineral characterise this dry, racy wine. The invigorating tension between the fruit intensity and the steely backbone make for an exciting wine that will repay a couple of years bottle age.




Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2012


Four and a half star

Good value

Pegasus Bay's wines are always characterful and this late harvest barrel-aged gewurztraminer is no exception, oozing rose petals, honey and luscious fruit suggesting dried apricots, but it's held in restraint by the tight, dry finish that makes you want another sip. 




Ellero Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2014


Three and a-half stars

Average value

With aromas of roses and ripe apples and attractive stone fruit flavours, this is a big, powerful, off-dry wine with a hot finish.



Drafters Gate Chapter Four Central Otago Riesling 2013


Three and a-half stars

Good value

A mouth-filling riesling with rounded fruit and a suggestion of mineral, some intensity and power, finishing with a steely acidity.



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