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Wine Reviews - Pinot Gris
by Sue Courtney
Last Updated 24 Aug 2016

Although some of these tasting notes may be found elsewhere on this site, this page brings together most of my Pinot Gris notes, listed alphabetically by Producer. Click here for rating systems and abbreviations.

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2016 Vintage [top] [index]

Hunters Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 (sc) Light gold in hue. The bouquet and taste simply oozes juicy tropical fruit salad brightness. A full an textural wine with a delicate touch of spice, a well balanced touch of zest and youthful pink bubblegum esters. First we have tasted from the brand new vintage and it is fresh as a daisy. Better still, it can be chilled to the bones. 14.5% alc. $15.99. 13Jul2016.

2015 Vintage [top] [index]

Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Straw gold in colour with a delicately fragrant honeyed pear bouquet, this tastes immediately spicy and zesty with a lovely crisp freshness to balance the juicy poached pear fruit with ginger, lemon and honey flavours coming through. There's more residual sugar than the Roaring Meg, but the balance here is impeccable and the acidity balances the sweet fruit excellently with a beautifully rounded mouthfeel as the flavours linger. 13.5% alc. $15.99. 2Sep2015.
Light lemon gold. The bouquet is a little floral and honeyed and the mouthfilling taste has a touch of sherbet-like spritz to the texture. There's upfront citrus zest on the front palate, an earthy white mushroom note on the mid palate then it finishes bright and fruity with peaches, poached pear and orange zest tingles at the end. 13.5% alc. $21.95. 29Feb2016.

Brancott Box Letter Series F Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light glossy gold. Beautifully fragrant concentrated bouquet of vanilla poached pear with tangelo zest. Quite rich and heady actually. Full-bodied, concentrated and creamy in the palate - texturally sublime with appealing flavours of poached pears and lime with a touch of tropical fruit on the finish and a tingle of spice. Yum. 9.7 g/l rs. 14.5% alc. $33.00. 8Jan2016.

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Beautifully perfumed and refreshing, this is tangy and juicy with oodles of juicy pear and peach fruit salad and perhaps heritage apples. A flinty undercurrent and a touch of salinity add crispness but the juiciness is just a delight. There’s also a touch of spice and a subtle nuance of lychee in this off dry to medium style – the vinous sweetness fleshing out the finish beautifully while adding concentration and intensity. 13% alc. $19.99. 18Nov2015.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Moderate gold in hue with a bouquet of apples both fresh with skin on and honey-baked. Honey is also the star performer in the palate that's sweet and viscous in texture. It's gorgeously opulent and mimics the rich pinot gris styles from Alsace. Wild ferment and maturation in French oak, plus the heady alcohol, adds to the wine's complexity and rounds out the acidity with baked apples and spice coming through again on the aftertaste. Decadent and unctuous. 14.5% alc. $19.99. 3Feb2016.
Light to medium gold hue. Aromatic with aromas of spiced poached pears. With 35g/l of residual sugar it presents as medium sweet with liquid honey, pears, spiced apples and a touch of pineapple sage that reigns in the sweetness. A textural wine with oiliness to the flow and a zestiness to the finish where juicy poached pear flavours linger deliciously. Modelled on the Alsace style it's decadent and rich with flavour, texture and palate weight. 14.5% alc. $19.99. 1Jun2016.

Domain Road 'Defiance' Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) OMG, the nose is amazing – it’s soft, creamy and aromatic with a subtle nuance of tarragon and pineapple sage – very inviting indeed. Love the nose, so aromatic and fragrant. Served well chilled this it quite crisp in the mouth yet soft in a way with an unctuous texture and flavours of vanilla poach pear with a touch of sherbet and honeydew melon. Seems to be just off dry and the bright yet creamy finish is superbly fruity and long. Delicious wine and perfect with the BBQ pork - but also quite dreamy with a solo slice of camembert cheese. 13.5% alc. $0.00. 19Dec2015.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Straw gold. Radiating scents of poached pear, this has a lovely soft oily texture with nectar-like flow, a fruit medley of melon, peach and pear and a touch of ginger on the long honeyed finish. Partial oak fermentation adds a savoury complexity. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Framingham Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light yellow gold. Honey and custard fill the generous bouquet of this decadent sweeter style that’s full of honey and nectar poached pear with musky notes, hints of orange water and five-spice and an exciting touch of citrus that balances the sweetness so beautifully. Warm, rich mouthfeel and lingering flavours of honey, five spice, poached pear and juicy peach. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Greystone Waipara Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light gold. Initially shy on the nose (especially after SB) but opens up nicely to reveal vanilla and spice poached apples and pear. In the palate the fruit echoes the bouquet with honey and spice layers and a touch of viscosity adding richness to the texture. It's off dry in sweetness level and slips down very easily. Partially wild fermented with 10 g/l residual sugar, it's quite rich on its own – I think it needs food. Elite Gold AirNZ 2015. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 10Feb2016.

Johanneshof Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Pale gold. I get pears, quince and toasted spices on the nose of this exciting off dry to medium style that oozes lusciousness yet has a crisp apple note that gives the wine a momentary impression of being much drier. It’s all honey poached pears, juicy peach, crystallised ginger and quince with a luxurious mouthfeel and a long, warm finish. 12.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Johner Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Lemon gold. Apple on the nose and full of apple and quince flavours with an intriguing leesy richness and a touch of tarragon and sage – it really is all apple, apple and apple – juicy green apple joins baked apple, apple juice and apple skin with a zing of spice on the juicy finish. Quite a dry style. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Lawson Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) A straw-hued wine with a brilliantly radiant and concentrated bouquet of pear drops and spiced baked apples that echo in the deliciously juicy palate where the orchard fruit is joined by tropical guava and musky spices. Served chilled on the night it presents as off dry with loads of flavour and texture. A very tasty, approachable and versatile white that could possibly convert non-PG drinkers. 14% alc. $19.99. 27Jan2016.

Lawson’s Dry Hills 'The Pioneer' Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold. The bouquet is full of biscuit spices with poached pear and honey. It's heady and powerful with a lusciousness to the texture. Honey-baked and judiciously spiced orchard fruit flavours are delicate and restrained. Partial barrel ferment adds a complexity and mouthfeel that makes it stand apart from the more fruity styles. Very Alsatian in a way. 14.5% alc. $29.99. 2Mar2016.

Mills Reef Estate Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Moderate gold. Appealing bouquet - floral and delicately fruity with a sherbet confectionary aroma come to mind. Smooth on first tasting with a lovely fresh zing, it's off dry to medium and very pleasant with the seafood. 12.5% alc. $18.00. 24Jan2016.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light gold. Concentrated vanilla-infused tropical fruit bouquet, a suggestion of marzipan maybe. A sweeter style with nectarine and dried tropical fruit, then acidity coming forth to balance out the initial sweetness and a touch of honey to the finish. Easy summer sipping. % alc. $24.95. 21Nov2015.

Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light citrine — glossy in the winter evening incandescent light. Great nose - all honey poached quince with a delicate sprinkling of spice then apple and ginger and again honey — offers up heaps. A full-bodied pinot gris (no doubt the 14% abv attributes to this) with soft acidity, a touch of flower musk, hints of vanilla and honey in the background. Fruit is vanilla poached pears and white melon and the zing of spice adds brightness to the finish where I detect a delightful touch of anise / fennel seed. Heady wine, must be good cos I’ve written lots. But is it a heavy wine and does need food. 14% alc. $20. 16Jun2016.

Saddleback Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Straw gold with a classic pear drop bouquet and bright and fruity in the palate with baked apple, poached pear, strudel spices and ginger. Just of on the cusp of off dry with a lightly viscous texture, this blend of Bendigo, Pisa and Gibbston Valley fruit is young and fresh, great to serve chilled in the afternoon / early evening. 13.5% alc. $18.99. 17Feb2016.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) A straw gold wine with a concentrated bouquet of musky spices infusing stone fruit, pear drops and quince. The concentration continues into the juicy and flavoursome palate that's just off dry in sweetness level and echoes the traits on the nose with a zing of citrus and ginger, and the aftertaste lingers deliciously. 13% alc. $15.99. 3Feb2016.

Soho Jagger Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Pale straw. Poached pear and vanilla pod fill the tantalising bouquet and it is refreshingly crisp and dry in the palate with crunchy pear and apple with a touch of mandarin then a floral honeysuckle allure to the spicy finish that lingers with a creamy mouthfeel. Very very good length. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Starborough Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light gold. Concentrated heady bouquet of honeysuckle and aromatic spices. Soft and rounded in the palate with a savoury complexity from partial oak aging, the fruit is soft and ripe and reminiscent of juicy pears in juice with more edgy quince and a touch of spice. Terrifically juicy, full, rich, ripe and complex with a warm finish. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.
Lovely juicy, straw gold wine with apple blossom and pear aromas and a spicy touch to the fruit nectar flavours with the textural complexity an added delight. Enticingly on the dry side of off dry with concentration and length to the finish, it will be great on its own or with food. 13.5% alc. $17.99. 2Dec2015.

te Pa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light ‘white gold’ in hue. There’s a vanilla pod creaminess to the peach and orchard fruit bouquet and the mouthfeel is soft and generous with a spicy brightness to the abundant fruit flavours of poached pear, custard apple and mandarin with an exotic spiciness and hints of tarragon. Deliciously juicy, rounded, mouthfilling and intense and the ultra long finish really zings. NZIWS Gold. 14% alc. $16.99. 30Sep2015.

Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Clean, fresh, juicy and bright with a tempting honeysuckle allure to the bouquet and a very satisfying orchard fruit texture. A beautifully balanced mouthful of stonefruit, tropical fruit and poached pear with just a lovely seam of zest, it’s on the cusp of off dry. Had with the cousins and it went down a treat. 13% alc. $21.95. 5Mar2016.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light gold. There’s a savoury complexity to the yellow fruit scent and the palate is full, rich, ripe and creamy with flavours of juicy apples, quince and pears with a spicy flourish and a zing of citrus. Full-bodied and textural with a honeysuckle overlay to the just off dry finish. 14% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light gold. Delicately fragrant with a tantalising floral allure. Soft and creamy with vanilla poached pear and spice, a flinty mid palate and a savoury note to the finish. Juicy, soft and just off dry with pear and a zing of apple, and very good mouthfilling length. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal tasting. 10Sep2015.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Light gold with concentrated poached pear and yellow plum aromas accented with strudel spices. Soft and creamy in the palate with a harmonious mouthfeel, delicate peach and pear fruit, a squish of lime and some lovely summer herb notes to add a little savouriness. Just off dry, which makes it universally appealing, it's crisp, fresh and juicy fruit sweet with a touch of passionfruit emerging on the finish. 13.5% alc. $17.00. 21Nov2015.

Wairau River Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) This is leap out of the glass fragrant with citrus blossom, poached pears and stone fruit. Crisp, fresh, dry and spicy with a zesty vibrancy, it's crammed full of quince and tropical fruit with hints of pineapple in the background. There's a well-balanced savoury complexity from the winemaking process where a portion of the blend was wild yeast fermented in oak. Long and dry with a fleshy fruit nectar richness - a delightful wine with seafood or pork cooked on the BBQ. 13.5% alc. $20.00. 28Nov2015.

2014 Vintage [top] [index]

12,000 Miles Gladstone Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Clear light lemon gold. Delicate spiced pear aroma embossed with sweet citrus butter notes – the bouquet is clean, fresh, fragrant and pretty. There an exuberant spicy touch h to the flavour – orange zest and ginger with underlying quince and poached pear and a creaminess to the texture, and a well balanced herbaceous zing to the finish Soft and fresh with a pleasing savoury notes creeping in. A tasty off dry wine that shone in the tasting. Awesome with Rowan Bishop’s Asian Baked Salmon from Urban & Country August 2015. 13.5% alc. $21.00. 12Aug2015.

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) There’s a delicate tinge of pink to the pale straw hue and the bouquet is delicate yet rich with touches of red apple and pear. Stewed apples, strawberry and pear drops are my key descriptors but the taste is a tad too sweet for me, it seems unbalanced so need to try again with more chilling than 15 minutes in the freezer. Yes, it needs to be well-chilled. 13% alc. $21.95. 17Jan2015.

Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Straw gold. Soft aromatics. Poached pear and vanilla and a zesty brightness to the flavours with apple strudel spices and a crisp fruit finish. Lots of zing as the flavours linger. 14% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
There's a nuance of vanilla creaming soda infusing the fragrant bouquet. It smells opulent and the palate confirms this. Creamy orchard fruit tinged with accents of juicy peach, a touch of spice and a freshness to the rounded finish. Lively undercurrent of tingly zest. Yum! 14% alc. $21.95. 7Oct2014.
Straw gold with apples fill the bouquet and spiced apples, poached pear and melon flavours filling the off dry palate. It has a lovely spicy vibrancy with a subtle piquant tang of pepper and a very appealing lightly viscous texture with vinous concentration to the fruity finish and the most subtle hint of vanilla. Lots to like about this soft, rounded wine. I want to accompany it with roast pork belly and crackling with a piquant apple sauce. 14.5% alc. $15.99. 25Feb2015.

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Richly aromatic with Alsace-like nuances of ripe fruit and spices that are reminiscent of those in Gewurztraminer. Full-bodied, ripe and luscious in the palate with a tingling pepper, coriander and ginger spiciness, a luscious creamy texture and juicy ripe pear, peach and melon fruit with an infusion of tangelo/orange blossom. Luxurious style. 14% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
This light gold hued wine immediately offers up a bouquet of spiced poached pear with hints of tropical fruit and a floral allure. The pear and tropical fruit theme continues in the warm, lightly oily, textural palate with a gentle spiciness reminiscent of Gewurztraminer. A rich, full-bodied, concentrated style with a touch of sweetness and terrific length, it's quite stunning and will turn people's heads! 14.5% alc. $21.99.25May2016.

Brightwater Vineyard Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) At first this seems quite nutty and steely with classical aromas of apples and vanilla poached pears but it’s rich, ripe and creamy to the taste with a lovely spicy infusion and honeysuckle adding lusciousness to the full-bodied finish. Just on the cusp of off-dry, it is very long and delicious with nectarine coming into play. 14% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Coopers Creek New Zealand Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Brightly hued lemon gold. Lovely ripe and concentrated fruit bouquet of apple and poached pear with a bright zing of zest. Off dry, bright and zingy to the taste with juicy white and yellow fruit profile accented with lemon zest with a subtle earthy undercurrent – like potters clay – bringing the sweetness into check.7 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $15.00. 7Aug2015.

Coopers Creek SV The Pointer Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) The inviting bouquet resonates the essence of pears and a delicate fragrance of flowers – it’s smells like a slightly drier style then in the palate there are pears all the way through. A moderately rich, warm, spicy and textural wine it has a tingeing on luscious veneer yet still finishes dry with well balanced red apple and citrus acidity. Works well with spicy food.13.5% alc. $21.00. 7Aug2015.

Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Straw gold. A hint of ginger and coriander spice infuses the orange blossom bouquet and the taste is vibrant and zesty with punchy flavours of ginger and pear and lingering hints of nectarine, mandarin, honey, almost creamy. Excellent persistence and length. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
Straw gold. There’s vanilla and pear on the fragrant and delicately floral bouquet and the taste is vibrant and zesty with a ginger-like zing pulsating through the tangy orchard fruit flavours with citrus adding vibrancy and freshness to the long creamy finish that’s accented with apple strudel spices and poached pears. 13.5% alc. $11.99. 17Sep2014.

Dusky Sounds Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 (sc) Straw gold in hue. Attractive bouquet of vanilla poached pear. Soft and smooth in the palate with juicy red apple and pear, hints of citrus and touches of strudel spices. Easy-going, fruity and refreshing when served chilled – a delightful aperitif style for socialising. Gold Royal Easter Show. 13.5% alc. $10.99. 9Mar2016.

Eradus Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Straw gold. Soft and creamy smelling with Nashi pear and flowers blossom on the nose and a spicy touch to the deliciously juicy flavours that are tinging on luscious even though it is seemingly dry. The flavours of pear, citrus blossoms and spices linger harmoniously. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) There’s a nuance of savouriness underpinning the touch of honeycomb on the bouquet and it is crisp and fresh in the palate with a creamy flow. Just off dry with well balanced savoury notes, a tantalising touch of aromatic spices, juicy apples, a touch of citrus and honey poached pears. Partial fermentation in season oak barrels adds to this wine's complexity. Nice. 13.5% alc. $0.00. 24Mar2016.

Framingham Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Straw gold with a generous bouquet of honey, custard and vanilla poached pears. At first it seems quite fruity and light in the mouth with white pepper tingles but becomes increasing fuller with a mouth-coating creamy texture and flavours of poached pears in orange water together with musk and five spices. Deliciously smooth with loads of flavour and although of ‘medium’ sweetness the finish is long and refreshing. 31.5% alc. $19.99.15Oct2015.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) There’s a light copper tinge to the hue and the full-bodied aroma hints at the concentration within. Flavours of poached nectarine, orange zest and spices are highlights of this soft, creamy and mouthfilling wine with accents of ginger on the juicy finish. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
It's a light gold colour with a rich Nashi pear aroma and the taste is soft and just a little spicy. There are hints of vanilla poached pears with a savoury undercurrent while citrus zest adds a tingly brightness to the mouth-coating finish. An off dry style with oodles of concentration and flavour, it’s an all round pleaser. 14% alc. $19.99. 14Jan2015.
Light gold with a lustrous sheen to the hue, this has a honeyed sweetness to the bouquet and mouthfilling concentration to the flavours that evoke thoughts of clove-studded honeyed-poached pears with a touch of ginger and pineapple sage. It's textural and savoury with a pleasing zing to the finish and the lingering aftertaste leaves a warm mouthfeel. 14% alc. $19.99. 4Feb2015.

Main Divide Waipara Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) The honeydew colour has a soft golden glow. The bouquet is so rich, so heady, so full of nectar and botrytis – like honeyed apricots and citrus preserves. Then in the mouth the texture of the wine is all silk and satin with a soft, rounded flow. A luscious wine, concentrated and rich with botrytis kept in check by a suggestion of lemon balm infusing the predominant flavours of reconstituted freeze-dried pears poached in nectar embellished with sugar and spice and all things nice. It’s almost a desert wine but works well to balance the salty crispy crackling of roast pork with apple sauce. 14% alc. $19.95. 12May2015.

Milcrest Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 This lustrous, light gold-hued wine emits a heady bouquet where subtle hints of musk and lychee infuse the aromatic fragrance of spiced apple and poached pear. The abundant apple and pear in the palate and an almost gewurztraminer-like spiciness makes this seem a ripe luscious style but the sweetness is balanced by a zesty orange / mandarin brightness with a spritzy tingle of ginger jazzing up the finish. Juicy, off dry and very tasty –I'd love to match it to tender pork. 14% alc. $20.99. 6May2015.

Mount Vernon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) The hue has a light copper tinge. The spicy orchard fruit bouquet is fragrant and bright and it is smooth and seamless in the palate with juicy flavours of poached apples and pears and a creamy feel to the lingering finish with exotic spice notes coming through. Bright, fruity, fresh and clean. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Old Coach Road Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) The fragrant bouquet brims with juicy orchard fruit and spices and the presomoinatn flavour is juicy roasted apples. A soft wine with a rounded mouthfeel, hints of vanilla and tingly spices, and a zingy punch of sweet citrus to the bright fresh finish. 12% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Peter Yealands Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) There's a white mushroom nuance to the earthy flinty bouquet of this wine. Bright fruit fills the textural palate - there’s loquat, red apple, a touch of melon and Nashi pear, yet the flinty character is always there. Very crisp, almost bone dry, deliciously refreshing style. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Beautifully fragrant honeydew melon, peach and pear with a subtle zesty allure. Delicious and quenching with a gently spicy aura surrounding the crisp juicy fruit with a touch of apple that make the finish seen so fresh. Remember fizzy sherbet lollies when you were a kid – all pastel colours – blue, green, pink, yellow – this wine reminds me of the flavours of the sherbet with the fizz not in the wine but in the tingle of the deliciously fresh fruity flavours in the mouth 13.5% alc. $19.50. 29Sep2015.

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light gold. Very appealing bouquet of spiced apple and vanilla poached pear with a very subtle hint of white pepper and pineapple sage. Served chilled it is crisp and dry in the palate with a flinty undercurrent and a fine seam of vanilla pod and lemon grass that infuse the predominantly crisp apple and pear fruit with the most delicate hint of ginger flower and Asian spices with orange blossom on the finish. But is seems more of a savoury than a fruity wine mid palate, but then ripe stonefruit emerges as this aromatic wine lingers. As the wine warms up to summer room temperature lots of creamy layers are revealed, it’s gorgeously textural and the finish is like fruit salad. Partial wild yeast fermentation with six months in older oak. 18.5/20. 6.5g/l rs. 14% alc. $21.99. 5Mar2015.

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Clean fresh fruit salad aromatics with a quince-like zing. Off dry to the taste – nicely fruity – like pears and peach and baked apples with fruit nectar, then a citrussy herbaceous zing to the finish and a touch of spice with ginger coming foremost to mind. A textural wine that needs to be served chilled, a little of a one-glass wine on its own but very fresh and tasty when accompanying iceberg lettuce / tomato / cucumber / carrot and cheese salad – the food brings out a creaminess in the wine. 13% alc. $21.50. 14Aug2015.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Pale straw gold. Brightly aromatic with scents of flower blossoms and quince then honey, apples and Nashi pear the key flavours in the palate. Juicy, fresh, tasty and lightly viscous but not too sweet nor too dry. It sets a benchmark for the Pinot Gris to come from the 2014 vintage. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 16Jul2014.
Apples and just the most subtle suggestion of nuts on the nose impart a richness and complexity that carries through to the soft creamy palate that has a wonderful crisp flinty undercurrent and exciting acid spine. Green apple flavours linger from this tasting. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
There's an alluring vanilla (creaming soda) note running through the apple and pear aromas and joining the fleshy, almost custard apple fruit in the palate. Textural and layered for pinot gris becoming creamy and nutty with hints of ginger and ground coriander spices, and the finish is mouthfilling and long with a zesty lemongrass brightness. Outstanding value for an outstanding wine. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 26Nov2014.

Spinyback Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light gold. Concentrated and intense bouquet of quince and perhaps feijoa then in the palate the upfront orange/lemon acidity makes the mouthfeel quite zesty. There's a lovely touch of coriander and ginger spice with a warm finish that has concentration and zing. 12.5% alc. $15.00. 21Nov2015.

Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light citrine gold. Softly aromatic warm scents of honeysuckle and melon - the scent is concentrated with a spicy allure - hints of ginger and ground coriander come to mind. A rich heady style with flavours of tropical fruit, honey and spiced pears with a nice fresh punch of tangelo in behind. Not as luscious as previous vintages (or maybe it is) , it has a nicely balanced nutty savoury undercurrent and the finish is bright and long - very long - with the tropical fruit flavours resurging and a nectar-like creaminess emerging. Partially fermented in oak. 9.4g/l rs. 14.5% alc. $25.00. 29May2015.

Te Awa Left Field East Coast Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light yellow gold - quite rich in colour for the age and variety. The bouquet is tempting from the outset - it's perfumed and floral with a touch of honeysuckle then creamy in the palate with bright flavours of lemon verbena and honey spice pears and while it seems quite dry with a lemon herb twist it is luscious at the same time. The label is a talking point too. 13.5% alc. $17.99. 23May2015.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light gold. Very aromatic with spice, zesty apple sherbet and poached pear aromas filling the bouquet. Almost creamy in the palate and fairly dry, the quince and apple fruit sweetness offset by a delicate touch of orange water and lime. Well-balanced savoury undercurrent possible lees aging has added to the complexity and the is a hint of honey and thyme. Te apple comes in all form - fresh, stewed, spiced and apple skin chips, and the aftertaste is long and juicy with lingering vanilla flavours that are aromatic, softly bright and full of charm. 17.5/20. 8g/l rs. 14% alc. $21.99. 5Mar2015.

Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) This is a lovely juicy fruity wine with a crisp fresh spine. Flavours of quince, tangelo and tarragon with the smidgen of honey to balance the acidity just beautifully, and the wine’s vinosity coats the mouth and there’s a bright zesty zing to the lingering aftertaste. Just off dry. 13% alc. $14.99. 24Mar2016.

Tohu Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Delicate fragrance of apple and orange blossom and a creamy richness to the flavours of vanilla, honeysuckle, apples and pears with a delicate infusion of exotic Asian spices and a fresh squeeze of lime on the lingering finish. Deliciously concentrated with some nutty notes emerging as the rounded flavours linger. 13.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
A lovely textural style, just off dry, which makes it very scrumptious. Poached pear on the nose and a pleasing twist of edgy citrus behind the juicy apple and vanilla poached pear flavours with the slightest touch of strudel spices. Bright and fresh with a creamy smooth mouthfeel to the finish. Delicious aromatic wine. 13.5% alc. $21.95. 4Oct2014.
Straw gold. The fragrant bouquet is apples and pear with a citrus blossom freshness and a hint of ginger. Soft and smooth in its flow with a spicy brightness, a hint of vanilla and juicy orchard fruit, this concentrated Pinot Gris that doesn’t need too much chilling to enjoy. It is also a brilliant accompaniment to succulent roast pork and a stewed pear sauce. 13.5% alc. $15.99. 8Oct2014.
Light straw gold with concentrated white fruit pip-fruit aromas, this is a soft, juicy wine made in an off dry style. It's a flavourful fruit salad of grapes, apples and pears infused with a nougat–like nutty sweetness and a long warm spicy finish that's layered with honey. Fantastic entertaining wine for the masses and versatile with food too. Gold Medal NZIWS. 13.5% alc. $15.99. 11Feb2015.

Vidal East Coast Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light gold. The bouquet in intriguing – vanilla, musk, apple honey. Ripe and juicy with some zingy lemon-orange acidity in behind the fruit that is an amalgam of quince apple and pear. 13% alc. 6Oct2015.

Villa Maria East Coast Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) There’s a slight earthy nuance to the scent of this wine. It’s spicy and zesty with a fresh fruity taste of apples and citrus with a touch of spice and lovely viscosity as the creamy flavours linger. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Villa Maria Private Bin Light Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Pale in colour. Very aromatic and bright. Pear, apples and delicate nuances of citrus on the nose. A little spritzy to the taste - and it does taste light - but it is crisp and refreshing when served chilled. Off dry to medium in style. 9% alc. $15.99. 6Feb2015.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Pale yellow gold in the glass with a bouquet that seems quite earthy – discarded apple skins come to mind and a touch of strudel spice emerges too. Textural and soft in the palate with a gentle touch of sweetness and then a tangy citrus zing to the finish. The fruit is sweet and ripe and is reminiscent of apple, custard apple, poached pears and quince with a pleasing ginger and lemon grass zing. I don’t like the bouquet but I do live the taste and texture and look forward to trying it with food. 10.9 g/l rs.13.5% alc. $20.00. 27Feb2015.

Wairau River Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) This spicy, zesty, light gold coloured wine is a little more typical Pinot Gris with an orchard fruit bouquet and apple, pear and citrus the dominant flavours. Some vanilla notes on the finish add creaminess and complexity. A pleasing and reasonably dry style. 14% alc. $14.99. 5Nov2014.

Wise Owl Parliament Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) The hue is the colour of a rare yellow diamond; the bouquet is pears, honeysuckle and crystallised violets and the taste delivers on the promise that the nose suggests. It's a textural wine with lovely clean flavours of pears and strudel spices with an exotic citrus touch that's heading towards Kaffir lime. Crystallised violets together with rose petal notes surge through the finish. My first taste of 2014 and very impressive. 13% alc. $13. 21Jun2014.

Yealands Estate Land Made Series Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Apple aroma with a delicate hint of honeysuckle but quite earthy and malic at the same time. Crisp orchard fruit such as apple and pear fill the palate that has a succulent , almost creamy, feel with a nutty depth and a gentle spicy sweetness as the flavours linger. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

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Bilancia Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Chilled for an hour before serving, this is aromatic and distinctly varietal with aromas of poached pear and quince with a savoury, mealy, nutty intrigue and this most subtle hint of flower musk and spice – the spice even more distinctive in the palate, a sweet spiciness that makes me think freshly ground coriander with the warmth and tickle of ginger in behind. Lovely fruit auras of pear, white peach, Pacific Rose apple and a mandarin brightness, it’s lightly viscous in texture and with its smooth flowing mouthfeel it slips down very easily. Quite heady, like Viognier in this respect, it's ripe and while the fruit is sweet, the vine finishes deliciously dry. Matched to crispy skinned salmon, the skin seasoned with buckwheat flour and 5 spice, plus spiced cauliflower, greens beans and avocado.14% alc. $24.99. 8Jan2015.

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Full and fragrant with soft acidity and almost luscious flavours infused with white pepper and five spice, this is a lovely rich mouthcoating style with juicy ripe pear, peach and melon fruit while honey, musk, orange water add to the allure. Before the label was revealed I thought it was from Alsace, that’s how good this is. 14% alc. $19.99. 15Oct2014.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Fermented in old French oak, this has a light yellow gold hue. There's a lovely freshly baked apple strudel character to the scent and it’s decadently full, rich, luscious and creamy in the palate with hints of stonefruit and an exotic spicy brightness. 14.5% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.
There's a very subtle nuance of orange blossom in the ripe orchard fruit bouquet and the taste is rich, smooth and creamy with a floral brightness and almost seductive lusciousness. Fruit is lifted and bright with concentration, power and mouthcoating length. Fermented in older oak barrels, which adds to the delicious complexity. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 17Sep2014.

Devils Staircase Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) There's plenty of vibrant lemon/lime freshness in this full textured, concentrated mouthcoating, lightly viscous gris. I very much like the textural complexity, the rich orchard fruit notes, the lifted floral, orange blossom nuances to the finish and the subtle but attractive exotic spice infusion. A lovely rich wine that would stand up to reasonably powerful food flavours. Tasted with pork belly braised in coconut milk and curry spices, the star match was five spice rubbed crisply port crackling. A lovely Pinot Gris to enjoy with or without food. 13% alc. $24. 30Apr2014.

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Lemon gold, lustrous, not brilliant - like opal or moonstone. Fragrant with scents of quince and poached pears. A powerful mouthfilling style of Pinot Gris with a rich, oily texture. Flavours are all poached pears and strudel spices, with a lovely seam of orange/tangelo citrus, a slightly fresh herbaceous note with pineapple sage & fennel coming to mind, a little ginger/white pepper hear and a creamy / nutty / vanilla sense to the long mouthfilling finish. Matched to chicken with a braise cabbage / fennel slaw with orange accents, the wine worked beautifully. 14% alc. $25.00. 5Apr2015.

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) The bouquet is fresh, spritzy & zingy with refreshing scents of sherbet & pear juice. In the mouth it is soft, light and on the verge of oily in texture. Upfront sensations of lime give way to vanilla-poached apples and pears with a touch of zest on the finish and an earthy note emerging, perhaps from partial oak fermentation and 5 months spent on yeasts lees. $25. 13% alc. 7Oct2014.

Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw gold with aromas of apple pie pastry, strudel spices and vanilla-flavoured pink icing come to mind. Lightly oily in texture with a flinty, lightly grainy undercurrent to the quince and poached pear flavours and savoury on the very long finish but an evocative sense of lusciousness too. Fermented in old oak barrels with wild yeast strains, this is one of the most thought-provoking PGs around. 14% alc. $30.99. 25Jun2014.
The bouquet is captivating - it's delicately floral with hints of citrus zest and quince - it's infiltrates the senses without overpowering. A full-bodied textural style with a zing of ginger-like spice and a hint of citrus yet it's a soft wine with a warm almost luscious finish and underlying earthy notes that are perfectly complementary. A magnificent match to salmon baked with ginger, soy, lime juice and kaffir lime.10 g/l rs. 14% alc. $0.00. 19Jul2015.

Gunn Estate Marlborough Reserve Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) There are some yellow tints to the light gold hue. The aroma is restrained in the fruit department but suggests vinosity and a nutty richness - that opens up with much swirling. Dry in the palate with crisp quince flavour and an increasingly rich full finish. Needs time to open up, decant for best results on opening. 13.5% alc. 13.5 $19.99. 20Dec2013.

Hawkshead Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) This light glossy lemon gold wine with an aroma of pear drops and strudel spices joined by citrus in the palate puts you right in the Pinot Gris zone but there's also a heady hint of apricot that could have you leaning towards Viognier momentarily. A fascinating wine, just off dry in style, it is weighty and textural with a touch of savouriness on the lingering finish, the fruit is from the Gibbston Valley. 13% alc. $20.99. 5Nov2014.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw gold coloured with a bouquet of wind fall orchard fruit and a taste of apple strudel, it initially seems just off dry yet has a fresh acid spine and a juicy finish of mandarin and lime. Partial wild yeast and barrel aging has added texture and complexity. A perfect lunchtime wine. 13% alc. $19.99. 23Oct2013.

Lake Chalice Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Full of fresh orchard fruit with a hint of vanilla on the nose, it's dry and crisp with spiced apple flavours filling the palate and a twist of lime on the expansive persistent finish, and even though it initially seems dry, there is suggestion of lusciousness creeping in. 13.5% alc. Cork. $16.99. 4Dec2013.

Mahi Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Light glossy gold. Restrained on the nose with nuances of tropical fruit, quince and passionfruit skin, perhaps. A warm, rich, textural style with hints of the tropical fruits detected on the nose joining quince then a bright flourish of spice and a touch of peach on the end. Moderately dry but with juicy fruit sweetness shining through. From the Ward Vineyard in southern Marlborough, it is 25% fermented in old oak with wild yeast. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 5Mar2014.

Main Divide Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) As expected this is a rich unctuous style of Pinot Gris. It’s a light yellow gold colour with a delicate exotic spice-infused aroma with a hint of ginger and a suggestion of toffee apple. Full and rich in the palate with a crisp acid spice and a long soft finish with the spicy notes infusing the white fruit flavours of pear, melon, citrus and honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is just perfectly luscious. Terrific with sticky pork ribs and coleslaw. 14% alc. $19.95. 31Dec2014.

Mills Reef Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) This is classically soft Pinot Gris with pears and quince but also some guava and grapefruit zest characters. The taste is just off dry with vanilla, a delicate floral nuance and a herbal twist to the finish. Will be very nice to accompany pork with apple sauce or salmon. 13% alc. $18.95. 30Apr2014.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Medium gold, quite deep for the variety but it is two years on from vintage when tasted., Lovely bight fresh tropical fruit flavours - exotic fruit like babaco and pepino - with a sherbet-like orange blossom zing. Clean and fresh with textural complexity and textural richness to the finish. 13% alc. $25.00. 26May2015.

Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Light gold, quite glossy in appearance with the bouquet quite delicate and restrained. By deduction Pinot Gris comes to mind. It's moderately dry with texture and weight, poached pears, spiced apples, vanilla and a nuance of peach, and the finish is long with a hint of zest. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 27Nov2013.

Mt Difficult Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw gold with an apple and pear skin aroma and an abundance of apple in the palate together with mandarin, and an intriguing touch of aniseed that emerges on the tasty finish. Textural and moderately dry, it is starting to looking very good with the time it has accrued in the bottle and as the wine lingers, fleshy stonefruit comes into play. 13.5% alc. $20.99. 13Aug2014.

Peter Yealands Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Light gold coloured with a lovely concentration to the bouquet and it's full and fat in the palate. There's a very appealing touch of flower musk and strudel spices and the crisp fruit of poached apples and pear has a citrussy brightness and a hint of lusciousness to beautifully balance this ff dry wine. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 6Feb2015.

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) The colour has a slightly golden hue and there is concentration to the scent of spice stewed apples and pear. The taste of crisp fresh apple has a hint of honey comb that imparts a touch of sweetness, although the apples flavours are quite dry. Underlying earthy notes make this a more savoury style. Organic, biodynamic and very food friendly style. $22.99. 14.5% alc. 7Oct2014.

Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014 (sc) Light gold with a bouquet that's all stewed quince and pears and the taste is honey baked apples stuffed with raisins and accented with strudel spices and touches of orange zest. There's a touch of sweetness that makes this tangy and very juicy wine so very approachable on first tasting and the good thing about it is that it can be chilled to the bones. Perfect for summer. 14% alc. $18.99. 2Sep2015.

Sacred Hill HALO Marlborough Halo Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw gold. Fresh, soft, citrus aromas with hints of ginger. In the mouth there's a crisp steely undercurrent to this delicately fruity style - the fruit being ripe apple with a touch of citrus. Fresh and lighter - great kind of lunchtime wine - but with bright tangelo and ginger zing it is great for summery afternoons too. $24.99. 13.5% alc. 7Oct2014.

Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Attractive but subtle spice fragrance, like sightly smoky five spice powder in a way. Quite sweet to the taste and very juicy with orange and vanilla notes, pears in the background and a dry and moderately crisp, citrussy finish. 13.5% alc. $19.95. 30Apr2014.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw gold with aromas full of orchard fruit infused with vanilla and very fruity to the taste with a touch of quince and a zing of lime to the spiced apple and pear. A crisp, drier style. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 22Jan2014.

Spinyback Nelson Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Light straw. Fragrant, floral – smells nice – like freshly baked vanilla biscuits and pear. Tangy in the soft textured palate with a slightly spritzy feel and a tickle of ginger and zest. Nice touch of honeysuckle coming through on the end. Soft, Easy, lovely drink. Excellent with curried pumpkin in a coconut cream base. 11.5% alc. $17.99. 30Apr2014.

Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw gold. Moderately restrained Pinot Gris-like scent of pear with a touch of heritage apple. It seems quite textural, perhaps some oak fermentation adding complexity not detracting from the apple and pear fruit with a vanilla pod infusion and fresh acidity imparting brightness to the finish. Very delicious with crispy fried lightly spiced salmon skin. 6.5 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $21.95. 12Nov2013.

Tupari Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Light gold coloured, this has apples and pears on the moderately shy nose and these fruits abound in the palate that is lightly oily and tingly spicy. Made from grapes grown in the inland Awatere, this is reasonably dry with citrus zest adding brightness and freshness, underlying savouriness, then a vanilla nuance emerging on the tangy finish. Even a touch of grapefruit as it lingers. 13% alc. $22.99. 26Feb2014.

Vilagrad Winery Waikato Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Lemon zest infuses the spiced green apple aroma - the scent is powerful and it tastes full-bodied, almost luscious with a pleasing honey layer to the juicy apple and pear fruit with a zing of ginger adding brightness to the tropical fruit finish. 13% alc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 11Sep2014.

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Straw in colour with pear and lemon sherbet on the nose carrying through to the juicy fresh palate where the texture is smooth with a slightly creamy nature, subtle flavours of melon and tropical fruit and a dry flinty finish. 13% alc. $13.99. 9Oct2013.

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Pale straw coloured with a terrifically fragrant bouquet that radiates orange blossom, spice and complex mealy notes from the partial wild yeast fermentation. It's just off dry with the spiced pear notes continuing through to the palate, the 7 grams of residual sugar adding a pleasing opulence with a lovely twist of citrus on the fresh, bright finish. 13% alc. $26.99. 20Nov2013.

Wairau River Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) Light gold in colour with a delicate floral bouquet but quite vivacious in the palate with vanilla and spice poached pears topped with quince jelly while a bright acid spine makes this very chilled sample seem crisp and crunchy – like biting into a juicy apple. It's just off dry in style with partial barrel ferment adding richness and texture.. 14% alc. $14.99. 9Apr2014.

Wrights The Natural Wine Co Nelson Organic Pinot Gris 2013 (sc) The aroma is like apples sauteed in butter and the taste is dry with hints of citrus, apple and pear and while it initially seems crisp, fresh and a little spritzy there's some viscosity to the texture that imparts mouthcoating vinosity and tropical fruit flavours linger. Organic, bio-dynamic and vegetarian. A summer aperitif or seafood wine. 13% alc. $19.95. 24Sep2013.

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Anchorage Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Lemon gold with a bountiful aroma of apples and pears with a touch of strudel spices coming through. There’s a refreshing lemonade-like zing but some phenolic characters impart a sticky (gummy) feel to the lips. Nice touch of juicy apple the citrus with a touch of tropical fruit on the bright juicy finish. 12.5% alc. $18. 11Jun2013.

Ara Select Blocks Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light golden yellow with moderately intense aromas of citrus zest, honeysuckle, bath salts and freshly cut apple. Varietally classic pear in the palate with a touch of honey, a background of pineapple sage, juicy apple and a hint of lemonade. The finish seems dry and the flavours linger pleasantly. 13.5% alc. $25.95. 24Jun2013.

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold coloured with typical pinot gris scents of apples and pears, but richer and toastier than many others with an evocative nuance of peach. In the palate a seam of lime cuts through the wet stone / clay / earthy traits of this wine with a touch of honeysuckle too. Intriguing, interesting and fresh with a rich, juicy finish and brightness. 13.5% alc. $21.99. 19Jan2013.

Aronui Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Straw gold with a hint of flower musk joining the juicy red apple scent. Spicy and zesty in the palate, this moderately full-bodied style has a crisp dry, nutty undercurrent to the vibrant citrus and melon-like fruit, becoming quite savoury on the finish. 3.5 g/l rs. 14% alc. $21.95. 30Mar2013.

Astrolabe 'Province' Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Aromas of apple strudel seem straight up and down, but the flavour of this soft, medium-bodied and very pale coloured wine is intriguing, fresh, floral and bright. There's a delicate hint of musk, a suggestion of lychee and passionfruit, a little pear-like graininess to the texture, and a lively apple and pear finish. Very nice. 13.5% alc. $21.99. 15Aug2012.

Burnt Spur Martinborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) There's a nutty warmth to the orchard fruit and citrus scent and the taste is initially quite citrussy and zesty but the acidity drops out quickly leaving a oily rich pear flavour with a touch of pineapple sage. Made in an off dry (8g/l residual sugar) style, it's powerful on its own and would be best with food – Asian springs to mind. 12.5% alc. $22.99. 12Apr2013.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'F' Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold. Quite savoury on the nose, the result of oak and yeast lees stirring maybe, but still those classically varietal apple and pear aromas coming through. There is a mid palate burst of sweetness but overall this is dry, zesty and zingy with a touch of ginger and those appealing strudel spices. Fleshing out on the finish some lovely smoky nuances and anise-like herbs adding to the allure, it has fine tannins (or the white wine equivalent), body and substance. 14% alc. $25.99. 15May2013.

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold, with a vibrant and enticing aroma of Nashi pear and tropical fruit salad; this is a medium style in sweetness level. The taste is crammed with flavours of ripe pear and white flower nectar with a nutty savouriness in the background making that perceived sweetness see dry. Classy and layered, with great length of flavour. 14% alc. $18.99. 15May2013.

Brancott Estate Marlborough Flight Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Vibrant and refreshing with a slightly spritzy texture that makes it so enticing, it tastes so juicy with flavour of apples and citrus, and a tingle of ginger and lime. Lovely long finish. Fantastic picnic wine or aperitif. 9% alc. $16.99. 25Aug2012.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light yellow gold, with a subtle smoky nuance to the scent and full-bodied with a fat, fleshy, mouthcoating texture, a suggestion of botrytis and musky notes like you get in Gewurztraminer but without the full-on floral intensity of that grape. With concentrated flavours reminiscent of honey spiced pears and the use of old oak to add body and texture, you could be forgiven for thinking this luscious opulent number is from Alsace. 13% alc. $24.99. 26Mar2014.

Forrest Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Off dry in style, the fruit-forward aromas of orchard fruit are tantalising and the flavours are quenching and more-ish. There's juicy apple and tropical fruit salad with a touch of lemongrass and a bright, spicy, mouthwatering finish. 13% alc. $18.99. 10Oct2012.
Off dry in style, the fruit-forward aromas of orchard fruit are tantalising and the flavours are quenching and more-ish. There's juicy apple and tropical fruit salad with a touch of lemongrass and a bright, spicy, mouthwatering finish. 8.3 g/l rs. 13% alc. $22.00. 10Nov2012.
Served chilled after a raft of toasty Chardonnays, this as tantalisingly refreshing as a mid meal sorbet. It's a medium-bodied white, full of apple, pear and tropical fruit salad with a touch of honeysuckle and a twist of citrus. There's no oak influence and the finish seems dry. 13% alc. $18.99. 24Apr2013.

Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Pinot Gris 2010 (sc) Pale gold. Nashi pears and white pepper on the nose, summer and autumn fruits in the palate - tropical fruit, red apples and pear. Quite smooth, moderately spicy – a touch of those strudel spices, layers of vanilla and a pleasing citrus zest zing. Definitely some peppery nuances in there, perhaps some nutmeg too. Overall texturally pleasing. 14.5% alc. $23.99. 12Jun2013.

Gladstone 12,000 Miles Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Delicate floral perfume redolent of port wine magnolia, some bubblegum esters too. Lashing of fruit nicely supported by a creamy leesy backbone. It has a nicely rounded texture and herbs – tarragon anise flavours come to mind. Going back to it later it's spritzy in texture and finishes edge and dry with ginger like spice. 13% alc. $19. 10May2013.

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Pale straw with a richness to the warm tropical fruit ad apple blossom scent. Light and fresh to the taste - an easy to drink, easy to like, socialising style. Orchard fruit abounds: apples and pears with a zing of lemon zest, a suggestion of strudel spices and a touch of honeysuckle to the lingering finish. The appeal of this wine is the freshness and vibrancy and an alluring touch of Asian fruit and musk. Delightful. 4.8 g/l rs. 13% alc. $25.00. 30Mar2013.

Greystone Waipara Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Gold-coloured, quite deep for young Gris. Classically varietal with spiced pear on the nose carrying through to the palate that has lively tingles of cinnamon and ginger. What's different and quite appealing is the richness, the vanilla pod-infused creaminess and underlying funky savouriness. Made in a medium style, it has natural ferment with several weeks on yeast lees and a portion fermented in old oak to add to the textural complexity. Lovely wine with a full mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness to the lingering finish. 13% alc. $19.99. 26Feb2014.

Invivo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) A light golden colour represents this rich, weighty, off dry almost luscious style. It’s juicy and ripe with tropical fruit, a hint of peach and a twist of lemon to the finish. there’s a spicy brightness that's fresh and tantalising too. Watties fruit salad with a red cherry. 4.3 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $21.90. 23Nov2012.
This refreshing and just off dry style has an early autumn orchard fruit profile with pear, Nashi and quince creating a vibrant taste expression There's a nuance of playdough on the nose and a sherbet like vibrancy to the finish that's fresh and long with a mealy savouriness as it lingers. 13.5% alc. $16.99. 6Mar2013.

Kate Radburnd Sun Kissed Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Pear and quince on the nose carry through to the palate where there's an underlying sense of lusciousness without being overly sweet – in fact the wine finishes exceptionally crisp and dry. Kate explains it is the yeast contact during the winemaking process that imparts the full mouthfeel. There's a hint of creaming soda / vanilla, a suggestion of strudel spices and fresh apple brightness at the end. 12% alc. $15.99. 19Apr2013.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) This abounds with the fragrance of exotic fruits like guava, loquat and custard apple and the mouth comes alive with the flavours. It's rich and weighty with balanced acidity to cut through the off dry sweetness. Even non-Pinot Gris fans will enjoy this. 8.5 g/l rs. 14% alc. $26.00. 16Jan2013.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pioneer Series Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Lustrous light yellow gold in hue and an intriguing, slightly smoky aroma that evokes an impression of concentration and lusciousness with a touch of crystallised ginger and peach. It's made in a sweeter style with 22 grams of residual sugar, but 2/3rd of the blend was barrel fermented resulting in layers, texture and additional richness. The flavours remind me of a fruit salad of pears, melons, apples and pineapple with warm aromatic spices. If you don’t think you like Pinot Gris, you should try this - it could well change your mind. 14.5% alc. $33.99. 4Feb2015.

Main Divide Waipara Valleu Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light yellow gold – glossy, gemmy. Full on scent with succulence apricot, dried pineapple, sweet spices and funky wild yeast nuances. Rich, luscious and exotic to the taste with delicious fleshy stonefruit and a delectable touch of spiciness, Textural and mouthcoating with some lovely clean citrus in behind and a tingling vibrancy, and though the fruit is ripe and sweet, botrytis influence maybe, the lingering finish is dry. Outstanding if you like a full-bodied, flavoursome, rich, opulent style. 14% alc. $19.95. 10Nov2013.
This smells opulent and inviting with tropical fruit and sweet spices. It's a medium gold colour and evokes a luscious feel with its textural, mouthcoating, full bodied palate weight. There's an exotic spice vibrancy, fleshy ripe fruit and just a suggestion of botrytis. Not your average local Pinot Gris, it's quite rich and decadent, more like Alsace in style. 14% alc. $16.99. 27Nov2013.

Man O War Ponui Island 'Exiled' Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) A wine with a delicate aroma but lashings of flavour. There's tropical fruit, nashi pear, honeysuckle, juicy sweet citrus and a texture that has very obvious spritz. Off dry in sweetness level, yet served lightly chilled it has freshness and verve. 13.5% alc. $25.99. 28Nov2012.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Strong pear aromas – concentrated and powerful. Spicy and zesty to the taste. Juicy apple and pear with a tangy lime sherbet edge. Fresh and lively palate-awakening style. There's a lightly savoury undercurrent and some estery bubblegum notes too. The wine gets better and better over the course of the tasting, enriching in the glass. 12.3% alc. $24.95. 10May2013.

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Bright fresh aromas of citrus and pear, then soft and savoury to the taste with a lovely mealy complexity, a touch of honeysuckle, juicy orchard fruit, tangelo, and just a tickle of spice. Dry, full-bodied, rich and long, a classy and exciting wine. 13.5% alc. $20.99. 23Jan2013.
The fragrance is delicately floral and hinting of apple and pear, but it's full of fresh tasty, fruity flavours with juicy pear and some tropical fruit adding to it's allure. There's a sense of lusciousness but it's not sweet, just perfectly off dry with lingering citrus and spice. All round appeal. 13.5% alc. $20.99. 10Jul2013.

Ostler Lakeside Vines Waitaki Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Heading towards the sweeter side of medium, this enticingly fragrant wine has an exotic spice and floral bouquet then in the palate apples and pears join tropical fruit with a spritzy zing in behind. It seems to be on the riper side of the Pinot Gris spectrum with some delicate Gewurztraminer-like lychee, spice and musk flavours accruing. Exciting. 13.5% alc. $26.99. 20Aug2014.

Palliser Martinborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Juicy orchard fruit scents, clean with subtle musk. A light to medium bodied style, it's acid driven at this stage of its life and finishes a little astringent and dry. Reminds me of Granny Smith apples and flint. But it has a certain appeal and was the match of the day to pan-fried salmon but avoid salad greens like rocket and cauliflower puree. 12.5% alc. $28.50. 10May2013.

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) This light gold coloured wine has a very attractive perfume that radiates orchard fruit, peaches and pears most prominently, with an enticing floral note – very pretty. Lifted and spicy to the taste with the peach and pear fruit deliciously ripe, fleshy and juicy and although a dryish style a luscious fruit sweetness shines through. There's a touch of vanilla in the background, a sweet pastry complexity, hints of citrus, exotic spices and musk. Ever so slightly reminiscent of gewurztraminer on the finish – just as the finest Alsace wines are. A stunning wine. Organic and Biogro certified too if that is important for you. 13.5% alc. RRP $19.99. 26Jun2014.

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold. Aromas of sweet pear with hints of white pepper and subtle vanilla bean scents. Warm in the palate, yet spicy and fresh with tickly ginger and strudel spices and a tantalising hint of musk. Moderately dry with a long rich finish with a touch of mandarin zest adding even more brightness to the end. 5.0 g/l rs. 13% alc. $21.50 29Mar2013.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Although still seemingly dry, this is a slightly sweeter wine than the Weaver. There is a nutty nuance to the scent and abundant nectarine and Nashi pear flavours with a lively zing of citrus, a suggestion of tarragon and a fresh, juicy and deliciously quenching finish. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 27Feb2013.
Vibrantly aromatic – rose petals and vanilla come to mind, but the flavours are more classic Nashi pear and quince with a citrussy kick and a touch of orange blossom. Just off dry with a vanilla cream layer to the juicy finish and a spicy flourish. Long and lasting. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 22May2013.

Selaks Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Pale lemon coloured with sweetness level just on the cusp of medium, and flamboyant in its pure gris flavours - it's floral, it's nutty and spicy with fine acidity balancing the succulent poached pear and tropical fruit with a touch of dried pineapple on the expansive, mouthfilling finish. 13% alc. $15.99. 3Oct2012.

Spinyback Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Lemon gold coloured with a classical pear drop scent layered with juicy stonefruit. Clean, fresh and juicy to the taste, which is just off-dry and well balanced with a zing of citrus, a hint of flower musk and fleshy poached spiced pears. 14% alc. $16. 11Jun2013.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) This is classically pear – fresh pear, nashi pear, poached pears in vanilla together with the more tart cousin, quince. It's smooth and soft in the palate with the vanilla spice tones adding lusciousness to the concentrated taste and mouthfeel. It seems pretty dry but the finish is 'ripe fruit;' sweet. There's a suggestion of underlying spice with zest and zing that brings it all into harmony. A very pleasing and satisfying drink. Match to chicken thighs baked with blue cheese and pears – a 5 star match. 14% alc. $21.99. 15Apr2014.

Terra Sancta 'Mysterious Diggings' Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) There's baked apple on the nose and some sherbet adding brightness to the apple and quince flavours with a sweetness level that's off dry to medium. A textural wine with a tickle of strudel spice that brings the sweetness into balance. Made in a style to be served well chilled and consumed without hesitation. 14% alc. $21.99. 13Feb2013.

Tohu Nelson Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold. Typically varietal rich pear aromatics with alluring florals and fragrant summer herbs - it smell rich and ripe. It's warm, spicy and zesty in the palate with a lemon bread richness and a citrussy freshness to the stonefruit-like finish. Just off dry, a moderately full-boded, sophisticated style with ginger-like spices adding vibrancy to the lingering aftertaste, 6.5 g/l rs. 14% alc. $21.95. 30Mar2013.

Torrent Bay Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Lemon gold. Windfall autumn fruit – apple skin – and strudel spices on the nose. Heading towards a medium sweetness in the palate but underlying refreshing acidity brings that sweetness into balance. The upfront juicy apple flavours have a tropical fruit infusion and the finish is bright and clean. I summed this up as 'springy and zingy'. 12.5% alc. $16. 11Jun2013.

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Quince and poached pear aromas carry through to the palate where initially vanilla notes come to mind. It seems quite poached pear creamy but there is a sprizty mid palate interlude before the softness of the wine re-emerges then once again a contrasting note on the finish which is dry and zesty with a flinty veneer. Partial oak fermentation imparts fullness to the lingering aftertaste. A food style wine, we matched it to a mushroom risotto. 13% alc. $29. 8Jul2014.

Vavasour Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Straw gold with lovely white flower and honeysuckle aromatics, and quite classical fruit flavours of apple, pear and nectarine with vanilla bean, strudel spices and ginger. Just off-dry with oak maturation adding a creamy complexity rather than oak flavour and a delectable orange blossom nuance too. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 18Sep2013.

Waimea Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Lemon gold with quite an apple-rich character to the scent and nuances of herb flowers too. There’s a light viscosity to the texture, which is mouth-filling and fruit juice fleshy. There's some lusciousness to this wine with exotic tropical fruits – like babaco and pepino, heritage apples and juicy ripe pears and finishes just off dry. 13.5% alc. $23. 11Jun2013.

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012 (sc)This Alexandra wine is one of the drier styles of Pinot Gris you will find on the shelves these days. The aromatic white peach and apple strudel bouquet has a delicate spicy zing and the flavour is juicy and mouthwatering with a savoury undercurrent to the Nashi pear flavours, finishing with richness and length. 12.4% alc. $24.99. 27Feb2013.
Pale lemon in the glass, it's reasonably shy on the nose but bright and fruity in the palate – it initially seems like an un-oaked wine with its fruit forward flavours, but a portion of oak was used in the winemaking. Initially soft with a harmonious flow, juicy nectarine and apricot fills the mouth and the finish bursts with an effervescent zing. Pinot gris but not as expected, it finishes dry with a flinty undercurrent and was No.1 in Cuisine in 2013. 12.4% alc. $24.99. 16Jul2014.

West Brook Waimauku Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold with a glint of yellow. Tropical fruit on the nose is a little shy but there's also something enticingly exotic - floral - yet earthy and savoury at the same time. Apples are the upfront feature fruit profile with a bright zing of ginger and yellow plums on the finish, which has lots of edge. As the aftertaste expands there's a suggestion of pollen that adds richness - wonder if there's a touch of botrytis influence here. 7.1 g/l rs. 11.7% alc. $26.00. 24Jun2013.

Woollaston Mahana Pinot Gris 2012 (sc) Light gold. There's richness to the bouquet without overpowering - a hint of vanilla, a hint of toast and some funky yeast nuances too. Rounded and mouthfilling with palate presence and depth, roasted peach and nectarine, a tingle of citrus, savoury barrel ferment flavours, creamy richness and length. A smooth, seamless classy pinot gris. Matched to roast pork belly with crackling, apple sauce, boiled buttered potatoes and silky pumpkin, it worked a treat. 13.5% alc. $28.00. 3Jan2014.

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Akarua Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Youthful in appearance, aromatic and floral with the scent of wet clay, and the taste is fresh and bright with flavours of citrus and apples, a tingle of zest, delicate French herbs and a touch of sherbet. Just off dry, it's uncomplicated and easy to please. 14% alc. $21.99. 6Feb2013.

Bouldevines Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Smelling of warm apple strudel with youthful pink bubblegum esters, the taste is bright with hints of cherimoya and a citrussy tang. A savoury richness builds on the finish, which has penetrating zestiness and seems quite dry. Coming back a delicate touch of rose petal seduces, then tropical fruit and banana. This is a chameleon, intriguing young fresh wine. 13% alc. $24.95. 29Nov2011.

Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Medium gold coloured and quite shy on the nose with only subtle hints of custard and fruit salad. Smooth and honeyed in the palate, it has a mouthcoating textural presence and the fruit is clean and luscious with pears and tropical fruit lingering. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 25Sep2013.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Apple and pear with a delicate layer of vanilla and strudel spices and hints of flower musk this is a soft wine that becomes richer, more powerful and more luscious as the flavours linger in the mouth, it's made to emulate an Alsatian style, 13% alc. $27.99. 17Oct2012.
More classically varietal aromas of ripe pear and strudel apples, but considerably more rich and flavoursome in the palate. Showing a little of those Turkish Delight flavours and strudel spices with a peppery kick, it's full of flavour with a juicy and deliciously long finish, and being in the medium sweetness level, it's near irresistible to drink. 13% alc. $27.99. 22May2013.

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Light gold. Fresh apple and citrus scent - actually more citrus than apple, with a floral bath salts-like nuance that gives the impression of spritz. Lightly creamy and savoury in the palate and harmonious from the outset - it's white flower pretty with an infusion of citrus and has textural richness, perhaps from the influence of lees. A touch sweet on the finish, so be sure to chill for a delicious Pinot Gris experience. 11.3 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $27.00. 24Jun2013.

Dry River Martinborough Pinot Gris 2011 (c) (sc) A nuance of peach on the nose, full bodied and slippery smooth in the palate with flavours full of peach and apricot, honeysuckle and biscuit spices. There's a vibrancy to the finish, which is heady and long. Tasted bline, it's obviously inspired by the rich, luscious wines of Alsace. 13 % alc. $55.99. 3Apr2013.

Forest Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) There’s a subtle pink / copper tinge to the hue and the appearance of the liquid is a little pearly too. Intriguing bouquet of gooseberries and stewed apples with a hint of nuts. Soft textured e with a suggestion of sweetness and all the classic gris flavours of apples and pears with the nutty notes sensed on the nose lingering on the finish, which, depsite the 9.3g/l residial sugar, seems quite dry. 13.5% alc. $22.00. 16Dec2011.

Greystone Waipara Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Floral smelling with pears and a hint of spice and off dry to the taste, this oozes ripeness and juicy fruit sweetness balanced by zesty acidity and a hint of honeysuckle on the end. Lovely mouthfeel and a long rich finish. 13.5% alc. $29.99. 22Feb2012.
Light gold coloured with honeyed aromas introducing the soft, unoaked palate with quintessential pinot gris flavours of apple and pear infused with strudel spices. There's a gentle honeysuckle sweetness and a touch of citrus brings zest and brightness to the finish that tapers off gently. 13.5% alc. $23.99. 29Aug2012.

Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Quince on the nose, summer stone fruit in the palate with nuances of tarragon, hints of vanilla and a touch of strudel spices. The 50% oak fermentation adds body and texture. Just off dry in style with a zing to the rounded savoury finish, this very exciting wine emanates total class. 14% alc. $27.99. 22Jan2014.
Now this is how Pinot Gris should taste! There's a gorgeous seam of lime-like acidity and served at room temperature there are obvious indications of wild yeast action that is not so apparent when the wine is chilled. Gorgeous exciting wine and incredible match to roast pork belly, crunchy crackling and apple sauce. 14% alc. 10g/l rs. $29.95. 23Jan2014.

Hawkshead Central Otago Gibbston Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) At a cool room temperature, 14 degrees C, this smells spicy and zest with apple aromatics to the fore, strudel spices in the palate and a creamy finish. Seems quite dry yet there is a touch of residual sugar. But it’s so much more delicious at 12 degrees, with pear and succulence to the flavour and an intriguing infusion of tarragon on the lingering finish. Don’t overchill, however, because then it’s apple, apple apple. 14% alc. 8.7 $26.00 28Jan2012.

Invivo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Straw gold-coloured, bright and fresh with a nashi pear and green apple perfume, strudel spice brightness to the flavour, richness to the mouthfeel and a lingering finish. There's a bready opulence that adds complexity and while there's a touch of sweetness, it's fashionably stylish. 14% alc. $15.99. 19Oct2011.

Kairos Wild Barrique Ferment Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) A golden coloured, oily textured wine with subtle musky notes and an earthy nuance to the quince-like flavours with a slightly puckery citrus / lemongrass edge. There's underlying richness from the wild yeast and barrel ferment, and the full-bodied finish persists. Not your typical Kiwi Pinot Gris. 14% alc. $19.99. 12Feb2014.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) The tropical fruit aroma that's infused with tangelo zest is tantalisingly appealing and the flavours are juicy and delicious with apples, pears, an infusion of citrus and honeydew melon. There are some a classic Pinot Gris character and a bready richness to the finish that suggests a decent length of time on yeast lees. Yes the notes say free run juice fermented in stainless steel and the pressings, which make up 16.5%, fermented in older French oak (not detectable in the taste) with wild and cultured yeasts. 13.8% alc. 7.0 g/l rs. $25.00. 8Oct2011.

Main Divide Waipara Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Rich concentrated aroma of honey, ripe pear and a touch of spice. Some spritz in the palate gives the wine a slightly fizzy texture. Barrel ferment and lees aging adds an earthy savouriness with underlying acidity balancing the subtle pear and apricot sweetness. Some Alsace inspiration here. 13.7% alc. $16.99. 22Feb2012.

Man O War Ponui Island Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Straw coloured with fresh orchard fruit aromas and a juicy, mouth-tickling spritzy taste. It's a light fresh fruity wine with lots of fresh fruit salad and citrus flavours and just a touch of sweetness. Takes chilling well – a perfect summer drink. 12% alc. $29.99. 18Jan2012.

Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Smells ripe and fruity with aromas of peaches and pear, and it tastes incredibly juicy too. All purity of fruit and a slight herbaceousness to form a well-balanced finish infused with a citrussy tartness. A chameleon of a wine too, it keeps changing over the course of the tasting. Just off-dry. 12.8% alc. $25.90. 29Nov2011.
Lightly floral and just a little herbal / green.. A creamy, leesy wine to the taste with a pear fresh crunchiness. Tropical fruit adds to this wines' appeal and for what it lacks on the nose it makes up for in flavour. Off dry with medium to full palate weight and there's an exciting salty tang and a touch of vanilla cream too. A stylish wine and an outstanding match to pan-fried salmon on cauliflower puree with a rocket side salad. 12.8% alc. $25.90. 10May2013.

Maui Waipara Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Youthful light gold colour, fresh peach and pear aroma with a little touch of tangelo zest. A lovely soft creamy wine like your favourite grandmother's apple pie. Tasted around 17 degrees C, then various stages of cooler temps, I quite like this around 12 degrees C. When it's warmer the alcohol is more noticeable and the texture seems more viscous, there are more mealy characters and the fruit is more peachy. Chilling creates an impression of crispness. 13% alc. $17.95. 26Jan2012.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) A little subdued on the nose – some oak perhaps in here – the moderate gold colour suggests this too. Full and rich to the taste with tropical fruit, nectar, honeysuckle layers too. A little one-dimensional on its own, I'm thinking this will be a great wine with food. A spicy, spritzy feel too. Worked with all components of the meal – pan-fried salmon, rocket side salad and cauliflower puree. 14% alc. $24.95. 10May2013.

Momo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Sweet perfumed with ripe tropical fruit and ginger flower aromas, it smells enticing. and appealing. Quite oily in the palate with a bready warmth and a savoury nuance from the wild yeast fermentation and partial oak aging for 5 months. A complex style that doesn't shout but hums harmoniously along with lovely follow-through that is well balanced and harmonious. 13.5% alc. 22.95. 29Nov2011.

Moncellier Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) There's a fairly neutral bouquet to this more luscious style that's so smooth and textural, yet it too finishes moderately dry. A more full bodied style with a tickle of spice, a weighty mid palate, flavours of peaches and pears and a finish that goes on and on.13.5% alc. $24.99. 27Feb2013.

Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Pear and a touch of peach on the nose. Moderately dry but with natural orchard fruit sweetness and a burst of sweet citrus on the finish with orange blossom, subtle five-spice and pineapple sage flowers on the finish. Lovely wine to accompany to five-spice chicken. 3 g/l rs. 14.5% alc. $23.95. 6Mar2012.

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Concentrated and deliciously fruity with tropical fruit and flower musk aromas and abundant pear, citrus, pineapple and passionfruit flavours infused with an apple strudel-like spicy brightness. Off dry in style, mouthwateringly juicy and vibrant. Another star from this label. 14% alc. $19.99. 24Aug2011.
Straw gold coloured and aromatically scented with musk, tropical guava and apple enrichening to pear with a touch of strudel spice. With a pleasing touch of sweetness well balanced to the crisp dry finish, it's smooth, textural and deliciously fruity. 14% alc. $19.99. 14Dec2011.
Straw gold coloured with a fruity aroma of apple strudel and citrus and bright fresh, juicy orchard fruit flavours with an exciting infusion of passionfruit and French tarragon. Just off dry and perfectly chilled (abut 90 minutes in the walk-in chiller), it tastes even more exquisite with the extra bottle age. 14% alc. $19.99. 2May2012.

Ohau Gravels Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Perfumed, fragrant, heading toward flower musk and spice. Very appealing. The exotics from the perfume carry through to the palate – is there a splash of Gewurztraminer in here? It's musky floral, the fruit is textural and there's an array of exotic fruit flavours. perhaps some botrytis influence. I love it of course. Stands out in the tasting for this reason. But the medium sweet lusciousness of the wine overpowered the food match of pan-fried salmon. 13.5% alc. $24.95. 10May2013.

Olssens 'Tom Logan' Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) The delicate bouquet of honeysuckle and citrus blossom belies the full flavoured palate. There's a juicy, zesty, freshness to this off dry wine that's plump with poached pear, layered with honeysuckle and tarragon, and lovely floral nuances on the perfectly poised finish. This really hits the spot for Pinot Gris drinkers. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 1Aug2012.

Palliser Martinborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Fresh citrus and apple bouquet and quite dry and lemon tangy in the palate with a subtle suggestion of salinity and a dry quenching finish with some lovely biting acidity and tarragon notes coming through. It has those lovely anise flavours I really love but is so left field for Pinot Gris, I thought it was Riesling. 6.6 g/l rs. 12.5% alc. $26.00. 20Mar2012.

Passage Rock Waiheke Island Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) A lovely rich spicy Pinot Gris with a touch of residual sweetness and ripe pear and stonefruit flavours, there's white flowers and ginger and something intriguing - perhaps white pepper. Fruit is in the ripe spectrum making this wine head more towards an Alsatian style. With its soft acidity, it is real pleasure to drink. 13% alc. $22.00. 27Jan2012.

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Straw gold coloured, this sweet smelling wine initially seems sweet and soft but there is plenty of fresh acidity adding brightness however and the wine finishes refreshing and dry. Typical orchard fruit of apple and pear with richness to the texture and a delicate infusion of orange blossom and musk on the finish. 13.6% alc. $21.00. 9Dec2011.

Ra Nui Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) There's a flinty character to the scent and zesty butterscotch flavours fill the palate, which has a slight spritziness to the texture. A moderately powerful, off dry style full of poached pear with lemon verbena on the finish. 13.5% alc. $17.99. 31Oct2012.

Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Lovely fruity perfume leading into an intriguing and exotically fruited palate. But seems a little astringent and one-dimensional in the palate to me. Organic certifed grapes. Better the next day so suggest decanting. 14% alc. $19.99 29Nov2011.

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) This has a lovely fruity aroma perfumed with tropical fruit, cherimoya and sweet apple, the fruit suggestions following through to the citrus zest-infused palate. Bright acidity and a warm texture make this a very appealing wine to drink. Fruit is from Parkburn and Gibbston Back Road. 12.5% alc. 10 g/l rs. $26.00. 8Oct2011.

Rockburn Devils Staircase Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) There's an exotic nuance to the scent and an earthy richness, then in the palate there's a momentary nuance of grapefruit. In the palate there fleshy tropical fruit, heading towards exotic, with brioche nuances and citrus exciting the finish. There's a lovely bright, clean aftertaste and it has just the right amount of fruit sweetness to have wide appeal. Parkburn Vineyard. 14% alc. 22 g/l rs/ $20.00. 8Oct2011.

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Lovely rich, ripe pear, tangelo zest and spice aromas. Youthful and fresh in the palate. Slightly spritzy with gently ginger-like spices and zest, and a fresh, juicy, aromatic finish. Immediately approachable. Nice. 6.5 g/l rs. 13% alc. $21.50 6Mar2012.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Concentrated pear on the nose follows through to the palate with strudel spices and a lovely seam of citrus adding a bright tang with a slight bready nuance, perhaps white mushroom too. A more complex wine with obvious lees aging and richness and roundness to the harmonious finish. 13.5% alc. $14.99. 29Feb2012.

Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Straw gold, perfumed with quince and honeysuckle and full of juicy fresh apple and pear, there's a tickle of zest and it tastes just off dry with an oily apple richness. As it builds in the palate it takes on nuances of flower musk and exotic spices. 14.5% alc. $17.99. 16Nov2011.

Starborough Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Pale in colour with fresh, bright aromas of pears and pineapple sage, this initially seems dry and steely but increases in richness and creaminess with flavours of pears, quince and spice and gentle fruit sweetness to the lingering finish. 13% alc. $18.99. 24Aug2011.

Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Pale gold-coloured with aromas of spiced apple and pear and a touch of sweetness to the flavour. Wild ferment adds a funky savoury nuance and there's an earthy depth to the backbone. Fruit evolves in the pear/apple/stonefruit spectrum and strudel spices add character. 13% alc. $16.99. 28Sep2011.
A classic Pinot Gris aroma of pear with perhaps a hint of flint and savoury nuances coming through. Full-bodied and textural with juicy flavours of nectarines, apples and pear, lovely flow across the palate and a apple zest brightness to the finish this has plenty of appeal to Pinot Gris drinkers who want to be safe in their selection. 13% alc. 11.1 g/l rs. $26.99. 8Oct2011.

Tatty Bogler Otago Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) There a complex a lemon bread nuance to the slightly musky, slightly spice scent and the taste is immediately appealing with its textural complexity and fruit flavours that have a delicacy while evoking suggestions of apple strudel, poached pear and a touch of peach (leaf). There's a delicate vanilla-infused spiciness and the whole package is creamy and complete with the mouthfilling flavours expansive and long. Food match: Pan-fried salmon with coriander potatoes and snow peas. 13.5% alc. $30. 7Dec2013.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) A delicate perfume of apple blossom and apple flavours dominate the palate with a hint of sherbet and lime. Crisp and fruity. 14% alc. $21.99 29Nov2011.

THE Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) A little bready on the nose with earthy apple skin notes, this fruity-tasting wine is light and fresh. It has floral notes, a subtle suggestion of musk, mango and bubblegum and while perhaps a little short, the lingering finish is reminiscent of lemon meringue pie. 3.0 g/l rs. 14.5% alc. $22.95. 12Jan2013.

Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Pale lemon with ripe apple and pear aromas. In the palate a thread of fine spice runs through the wine to complement the luscious fruit and there's a exhilarating flourish of orange on the finish. Bright and clean and very nice. 13% alc. $12.99. 11Apr2012.

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Light gold with purity of pear, peach and a hint of tropical fruit to the aroma. Juicy to the taste, fresh orchard fruit with warmth to the backbone and a well-balance citrus infusing. Lingering apple juiciness is infused with a feel-good touch of apricot with youthful phenolics. 13% alc. $19.95. 29Nov2011.

Vavasour Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) The water pale colour is a great indicator to a new vintage wine and so is the bubblegum-like estery bouquet that will settle with a bit more time. The scintillating freshness is simply mouth-watering, the flavours of juicy tropical fruit have a crisp citrussy sweetness and spiced pear flavours linger. 14% alc. $20.99. 3Aug2011.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) It's light yellow gold in colour with a classic varietal aroma of apples and pears. Soft in the palate with a mealy richness, it seems like a wine that has lots going on with poached pear, hints of vanilla, a touch of cinnamon and pastry, then a fresh zing of citrus on the finish that lifts it. Quite a rich wine in fact, it surprisingly overpowered the pan-fried salmon we cooked to accompany it. 8.5 g/l rs. 14% alc. $19.00. 19Jan2013.

West Brook Waimauku Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) When first tasted this is pear drop steely on nose and quite phenolic and spicy in the palate with a little bit of white pepper on the finish and just a touch of sweetness. Chilling to 8-10 degrees introduces a lemonade zestiness and a creaming soda richness and it is refreshingly quenching and the finish is aromatically poised and long. 12.5% alc. 17g/l rs. $22.50. 28Jan2012.

Wines of ARA Single Site Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Apples abound on the nose and in the palate of this fresh young, pale gold coloured wine. The texture is soft and lightly oily and the off-dry finish is all citrus and spiced pears. Very easy to like and drink. 13.5% alc. $17.99. 9Nov2011.
Served reasonably chilled this pale lemon coloured wine has a pear aroma with a stonefruit succulence and a crisp citrussy undercurrent to the orchard fruit flavours with a touch of sweetness on the finish. 13.5% alc. $17.99. 15Feb2012.

Wingspan Nelson Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Fairly neutral on the nose and while there is a suggestion of sweetness to the scent, the palate is quenching and just off dry with flavours of pear, citrus, ginger-like spice and nuances of lemon meringue pie. Made by Woollaston Estate, for Pinot Gris fans this is easy to like and easy to drink. 13.5% alc. $12.99. 16Jan2013.

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) Fruity aromas of melon, apples and spiced pears and tasty, juicy flavours with a texture like fruit salad juice – the fruit reminiscent of peach and pear with a bright spike of orange juice and zest, and a tickle of gingery of spice. Just off dry and a very appealing starter. 13.5% alc. $16.99. 14Sep2011.

Woven Stone Ohau Pinot Gris 2011 (sc) A rich, unctuous aroma of pear is reinforced in the palate. An earthy savoury style with a well-defined citrussy backbone, a herbaceous infusion to the delicate tropical fruit and a good juicy finish. After 24 hours the wine in the open bottle, the juicy tropical fruit was no longer simply delicate but the wine's star feature. 13.5% alc. 12.1 g/l rs. $14.95. 21Nov2011.

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