WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris comes in several styles, from lush, oily wines with firm structure to new, lighter, lower-alcohol, crisp versions ideal for summer lunches. An extra year's bottle age has benefited some of these wines.

 

BEST VALUE

Sherwood Stoney Range Waipara Pinot Gris 2012

$15

Three and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

Pears, lychees and a hint of toastiness give texture and flavour to this mouth-filling wine with its firm, fresh finish. A year's bottle age has allowed it to develop richness.

www.sherwood.co.nz 

 

 

 

Perseverance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012

$20

Four stars

Good value

A year's bottle age has benefited this aromatic wine. With hints of herbs and exotic fruit - lychees and guavas - it is charming and mouth-filling with a fresh, lively dry finish.

www.perseverance.co.nz

 

 

 

Barrington Central Otago Three Blocks Pinot Gris 2013

$20

Four stars

Good value

Zesty with hints of citrus and stonefruit, this lively wine has a firm structure and dry finish. Attractive and very drinkable.

www.barringtonwine.co.nz

 

 

 

Brancott Flight Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

$27

Three and a half stars

Below average value

Pale with hints of roasted pears, light in the mouth, fresh and lively on the finish. This is one of the new ''lifestyle'' low-alcohol (9%) wines that are lighter in flavour with a fresh acidity on the finish. Look for it on special.

www.brancottestate.com

 

 

 

Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012

$30

Four stars

Average value

Fragrant with oodles of voluptuous ripe pear and peach fruit, floral undertones and a suggestion of nuts, this is powerful and mouth-filling with a silky texture and a firm, crisp, nicely balanced finish.

www.amisfield.co.nz

 

 

 

Church Road, Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2013

$30

Four stars

Average value

Fragrant, floral and zesty with a hint of spice in the aroma, this is a powerful wine with a rich, oily texture, lovely intensity of fruit - lush pears and tropical fruit - a trace of nuttiness and a firm finish. Look for it on special.

www.churchroad.co.nz

 

 

Another Glass

Brancott Special Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

$29

Three and a half stars

Below average value

Fragrant with floral hints and lush pears and suggestions of honey and nuts, this is a big wine, hot and a tad alcoholic on the finish but with attractive fruit on the aftertaste.

www.brancottestate.com

 

Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

$27

Three and a half stars

Below average value

Fragrant, zesty and mouth-filling with suggestions of ripe pear, peach and apple, this is a full-on wine with lots of flavour, and a fresh, if slightly hot finish. Look for it on special.

www.stoneleigh.co.nz

 

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