New Zealand pinot gris is diverging into two styles - a lush, fruit-driven version with someresidual sweetness and sometimes overbearing alcohol, and a drier, more complex, style, often with somelees ageing or barrel fermentation.



Wild River Waipara Dry Pinot Gris 2011


Three stars (out of five)

Good value

A simple, fruit-driven wine, oozing lush, ripe peaches, pears and tropical fruit salad with a suggestion of herbs and afirm, dryish finish.



Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2011


Three stars (out of five)

Average value

Zesty aromas, lots of lush, sweet fruit - peaches pears, tropical fruit and a hint of citrus, with a slight nutty undertone, rich with mouth-filling alcohol and a hot finish.



Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Gris 2011


Four stars

Average value

A stylish, wine, more about structure and texture than overblown fruit, although there is fruit weight along with hints of honey, savoury notes, a suggestion of nuts, and a long, clean, dry finish. A well-balanced, food wine from a long established vineyard.


Domain Road Co Pinot Gris 2011


Three and a half stars

Below average value

A sweeter style of pinot gris, oozing lush tropical and pip fruit with a hint of nuttiness anda clean, crisp, long aftertaste.



Mahi Ward farm Pinot Gris 2011


four stars

Aaverage value

A rich, mouth-filling wine with savoury and floral notes, a hint of golden syrup, and a long dry, textural finish.

Whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation with wild yeast has given it a stylish structure and texture, and reined in the fruit.


Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2011


Four and a half stars

Average value

Rich, textural and mouth-filling, this is an intriguing, complex wine with citrus overtones, hints of mandarin,nuts and caramel, and a long, well-balanced finish. It demonstrates the potential of pinot gris to make a seriously fine wine.



Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011


Three stars

Average value

A hint of ripe pears and peaches, with a dusty finish and lingering sweetness on the aftertaste.


Pasquale Waitaki Pinot Grigio 2011


Three and a half stars

Below average value

A young wine that takes time to reveal its lush fruit held in restraint by a firm structure anda lean dry finish. Pinot grigio is the Italian name for this variety.

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