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Wine Reviews - Pinot Gris
2003 vintage and older
by Sue Courtney
Last Updated 7 Nov 2005

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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2003 Vintage [top] [index]

Bilancia Marlborough Pinot Grigio 2003 (cork) Very shy with faint winey lemon on the nose, there's nothing shy about the flavour in the mouth with the abundance of lemon, pear, honey, musk and spices, lovely palate weight and concentration and a slightly viscous texture like that of ripe fleshy, juicy stonefruit. The musk and spice have it heading towards the Gewurztraminer spectrum, just like Pinot Gris wines in Alsace do. Off-dry to the taste and simply gorgeous.13% alc. ***** 21Aug2003.
Pale in colour with pear and sherbet on the nose and fresh, zesty, apples, pears, lemon and honey in the mouth, it's a little nutty and quite spicy with a subtle undercurrent of oak and a mouthfilling fruit nectar texture. It's a dry-ish, low acid wine with good alcohol weight in balance to the fruit and simply an excellent example of NZ Pinot Gris. 13% alc. 3Sep2003.

Brick Bay Matakana Pinot Gris 2003 A very good pinot gris, emulating the gold winning 1998 with its balance and class; smooth and creamy textured with a good citrussy tone, a spicy backbone and lingering pear and apple flavours on the long winey finish that has a slightly nutty vanilla nuance. 13.5% alc. $27. 22Jun2004.

Carrick Central Otago Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Tropical fruit, slightly pineapple-like on the nose, full-bodied, richly textured, ripe and fruity. Nicely balanced. Good wine. Excellent with pork and duck rillettes and pickled walnut paté at the Carrick restaurant. $23.50. 12Apr2004.

Coopers Creek Huapai Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Pale gold with an oily appearance and a lemony bouquet with gentle hints of honey, it's a slightly spicy wine with rich pear, apple and lemon fruit, a hint of white mushrooms and lingering lemon biscuit flavours with a nice strain of honeyed richness. The texture is oily and as the wine develops the honey will becomes quite dominant. First harvest grapes off the home vineyard. $16. I matched it to baked fillet of salmon glazed with Vipers Bugloss honey and soy sauce. 13%. 3Jul2003.

Corbans Pinot Gris 2003 Rich, lush, a touch of honey with lemon and lime, a creamy texture and a full-bodied finish. The best value Pinot Gris on the market today. 26Aug2003.

Dry River Pinot Gris 2003 A little subdued on the nose when first opened, the dry spicy, lightly floral aromas do not hint at all of the luscious flavours the mouth will be seduced with. Rich and full-flavoured with a viscous texture, flavours of Asian five spice, musk and citrus zest and stonefruits lingering on the luscious finish, this concentrated powerful wine was a sublime match to fennel, apple and oyster mushroom stirfry with a spice coated fillet of pork. 13% alc. 21Jul2004.

Drylands Winemakers Reserve Pinot Gris 2003 Slightly pinky in its hue with citrus scents. Lots of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, perhaps some apple, a bit like riesling, fresh, zesty, medium to full-bodied, mouthfilling with good weight and length. There’s honey and spice in there too. A lifted refreshing style. 13.5% 16.5/20. 7Dec2003.

Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Gris 2003 Quite obvious buttery oak when tasted with the non-oaked styles. This is a beautifully balanced powerful Creamy wine with delicate pear and nectarine flavours and a long, creamy, mealy finish. Cork. $25. 19Oct2004.

Esk Valley Black Label Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Water pale, perfumed and floral with musky tropical fruit on the nose and tropical fruit, pear and nectarines in the palate, it's soft, ripe and just a little spicy with a slightly viscous texture. There's a 'pink smoker' muskiness and a touch of white pepper that lingers. Citrus emerges as the wine persists in the empty mouth. 'Off dry', it's a very pleasing wine to have with or without food - it matched fantastically to pork shoulder chops marinated and baked in a mustard, lemon and honey. A lovely expression of Pinot Gris. 13.5% alc. 12gL residual sugar. 13Nov2003.
Pale lemon, smelling delicately aromatic and perhaps even a little gewurz-like but nowhere near as pungent. It’s unadulterated in its primary fruit flavours of sultanas, white raisins and pears with musk, chrysanthemum tea and peppery exotic spices lingering on the lusciously fruity finish, faintly reminiscent of Cherimoya with its myriad of tropical fruit flavours. Just off dry, it’s beautifully balanced and deliciously understated in its power. 14.5% alc. $25.95. AirNZ Gold Medal tasting. 26Nov2003.

Framingham Marlborough Pinot Gris 2003 This is pinot gris the way I like it. Aromatic, citrus, pear and stonefruit, ripe fruit with a spicy, grapey finish. Fairly dry, lovely and refreshing, silky texture, lovely flow. Hot summer day wine. 18.5/20. 8Dec2003.

Gibbston Valley Pinot Gris 2003 Water clear, soft and fruity with a pear-like aroma, spicy, good acidity, nutty leesy with pear and tropical fruit. It's spicy and creamy with lingering passionfruit, pear juice. A terrific pinot gris from Gibbston Valley, lots of fruit, well-balanced and a spicy, creamy finish. 25Sep2003.

Gladstone Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2003 Honeyed, a little musky with neutral grape flavours with a touch of pear, citrus and honeycomb leading into a sweetish finish. Pleasant, balanced wine. 13.5% alc. ***1/2. 8Dec2003.

Huntaway Marlborough Pinot Gris 2003 Lemon hues, nutty aromas, creamed nut texture, it's a little phenolic perhaps. Spicy, slightly peppery, a little viscous, fat, oily, more textural than fruity, there's a touch of sweeter citrus that lifts the hot finish. People found pears, quince, pear drops, lemon and honeysuckle. Add to this a slightly toasty finish. 13.5% alc. 17Sep2003.

Kim Crawford Boyzone Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) There's a warming texture to this slightly viscous, silky wine that emits pear on the nose. It's full of pear flavours with a lacing of lemon, leesy with good acidity and a full-bodied fruit finish. Lovely! 22Aug2003.
Shy on the nose with faint lemon perfume, it's a little nutty with lemon sherbet in the palate, a warm creamy texture, soft acidity, a leesy backbone and lingering pear and apple. A medium-bodied wine that will match foods but also good for summer drinking when you don't want anything too pungent. 13% alc. 17Sep2003.

Lawson Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Pale lemon, it's fragrantly perfumed, with pear drop and hints of melon, it's smells sweetish and slightly musky. Spicy in the palate, it's got good weight and texture, a touch of pineapple, pear - spicy, musky white pear with subtle clove and white pepper on the finish. Just off dry. This is very, very good pinot gris. Pear and ripe apple linger sweetly with a lovely fruit juice juiciness. It reminds me little of spiced apples. Terrific balance. Lovely flow. 13.5%. 7Nov2003.

Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) There's some lovely tropical fruit laced with spicy pineapple flavours that push through the creamy mealiness of the wine. A rich flavoursome wine that has additional complexity from judicious use of oak and that extra year of age. Good length and a lingering sweet-fruited aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $35. 19Oct2004.
Pear and citrus aromas lead into a medium to full-bodied wine with lovely balance and mouthfeel. Pear flavours are joined by those of juicy green melons and stonefruit and build to a spicy finish. This smooth, creamy dryish style has a touch of vanilla honey as it lingers. A terrific wine with fantastic length. Compared to previous versions of this wine, the subtle oak is much more integrated and adds complexity rather than flavour to the wine and lets the fruit sing. 13.7% alc. 10Dec2004.

Murdoch James Martinborough Pinot Gris 2003. Pale and watery with neutral grapey aromas. Quite a delicate wine, subdued on entry but with a good attack that builds in the palate. Grapey, musky style, not over exuberant with fruit but long and winey with a lingering spicy citrus finish, perhaps just a little astringent if too cold. Recommended with Caesar salad and when I try the match it is pretty good. First vintage of Pinot Gris from Murdoch James's Blue Rock vineyard. Attractive 500ml bottle. 14% alc. 16/20. 7Dec2003.

Mt Rosa Pinot Gris 2003 The rich, luscious, slightly musky, bright lemony aromas are enticing in this medium styled pinot gris full of soft grapey flavours. It is a sweetish wine but with just the right amount of acidity to balance it. I just love it. Imagine this with fall-off-the-bone roast pork with crackling and a spiced pear sauce. 13% alc. $22.95. 20Jul2004.

Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Gris 2003 Pale lemon in colour, it's fairly neutral on nose with a suggestion of nashi pear but spicy in the oily textured palate with a hint of vanilla and alcoholic warmth. This bottle seems ever so slightly oxidised on the finish and a ripe apple flavour lingers. 14% alc. $24.95. 21Apr2004.

Nevis Bluff Central Otago Pinot Gris 2003 A rich oily style, bone dry with apricot kernel scents and rich, apricot-like fruit flavours. This is ripe and spicy, rich and luscious with zesty spices and a hint of vanilla and although it seems rich and sweet, it has a long, dry finish. $34.95. 8Sep2005.

Palliser Martinborough Pinot Gris 2003 A little reductive on the nose, tight, yeasty, spicy, need to develop a little more or be given time to open up in the glass. Has potential. 8Dec2003.

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Gris 2003(sc) Smells dry and powedery, it's quite lemony but with good underlying fruit, wieght and texture. A spicy wine, the finish is sweet and long but a little hot from the alcohol, which reads 14.5%. 11Nov2003.
Lemon gold. Fruity with pear drops and 'apricot juice on custard' on the nose, perhaps just a hint of earthiness brought on by yeast lees contact. Good clean palate with a good expression of fruit makes for a lovely balanced, full-bodied pinot gris with good palate weight, good persistence of stone fruit flavour and though the wine is technically dry there's a musky fruit sweetness on the finish. A slightly chalky textured wine with good acid balance. 14.5% alc. 18/20. 7Dec2003.

Porters Martinborough Pinot Gris 2003 Perfumed, floral, sweet smelling - beautiful aromas. Spicy with a lightly oily, spritzy texture. Rich, sweet and musky, resembling a combination of peach, banana and pear (casimiroa fruit) on the aftertaste. Beautiful weight, building to a luscious finish. Beautiful wine. At the Gewurztraminer end of the Pinot Gris spectrum. 13% alc. $34. 30Apr2005.

Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Juicy tinned pears, honey, flowers, spice and sweet citrus, it's rich and oily with good body, just a touch of sweetness and lovely acidity on the finish, try it with food such as an oily piece of salmon and you'll be surprised the difference that food makes to this neutral style of wine. 14% alc. 7Jan2004.

Rabbit Ranch Pinot Gris 2003 Spicy, neutral, hints of apricot with a nuance of ginger and lemon zest on the lingering soft fruity finish. A mellow off-dry wine with lingering grape and stonefruit flavours and a touch of musk that comes through as it lingers. Warm, slightly creamy, cheesy finish. 13%. $22. 20Jul2004.

Rimu Grove Nelson Pinot Gris 2003 Almost water pale with a slight oiliness to the liquid, this smells and tastes like Pinot Gris should. Off dry with zesty sweet citrus, the fuller flavours of pears and white peach fill the palate and good acidity lifts the spicy finish. There's a fragrance here too, a fragrant herb that reminds me a little of mint. No oak detectable although it has been aged in barrel for four months. Lovely weight and concentration, with nice zing and lift to the full-flavoured finish. I think it will be best with food. Try with salmon and fennel or creamy mushrooms. 13.2% alc. 13Feb2004.

Rockburn Pinot Gris 2003 Rich, full-bodied, pear and apricot kernel, lemon peel, a drier wine with lots of depth, classy, balanced with a nutty texture and lingering apricot flavours. 13.8% alc. $24.95. 20Jul2004.

Stonecutter Martinborough Pinot Gris 2003 In a clear bottle to show off the pale gold, brilliant clear colour. Smoky pear on the nose, it’s a little flinty like the bottle with a hint of ginger and subtle musk. It's got more acid in the palate than one would expect but it softens with a touch of banana. Bone dry, rich and powerful, it tastes sweeter than it is and grows in power on the finish. The nose keeps changing, interweaving with a yeasty bready flavour and the bready flavour lingers on the palate too. A wine with mouthfeel and weight. ****. 27Nov2003.

Stoneleigh Marlborough Rapaura Series Pinot Gris 2003 Citrus and musk on the nose and fresh and lively to the palate with quite a zingy backbone. Plenty of sweet ripe tropical fruit, passionfruit, a hint of gooseberry, lemongrass and later, apricot. Will develop some honey traits with a little time. White musk and floral notes linger. Sweet on entry, seems drier on the finish. Interesting wine. Lovely unoaked style. Lots going on. A portion of the blend had 3 months lees contact. 13.5%. 18.5/20.
Fruity plus – full of juicy stonefruit with a spicy backbone, it’s full-bodied and just a little earthy with a lingering peach and spiced pear flavour on the finish, perhaps a touch of pepper too. V.v. good. 8Dec2003.

Tasman Bay Vintage Selection Pinot Gris 2003 Pale in colour with pear and vanilla on nose, it's fragrant with its pear drop aroma but not overly aromatic. It's spicy and nutty first up in the palate with abundant pear laced with lemon, an oily honeyed concentration and a lovely ripe balanced finish. A good wine with a warm, slightly viscous texture and good length. Pinot Gris the way people like it judging by the show of hands on this wine before the variety was revealed. A blend of Nelson, Marlborough and Waipara fruit. 13% alc. $19.95. 27Aug2003.

Tongariro River Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Smells of pears and lemon drops with a hint of Muscat. Spicy in the palate with a yeasty influence, an oily creamy texture, pears, stonefruit and lemon, and crisp (tart) acidity. Dry finish. Should be good with food. I liked this. 12.5%. 4Jun2004.

Torlesse Canterbury Pinot Gris 2003 (sc) Medium style wine, fragrantly perfumed with musky grape, pip fruit and lemon grass it has a nuance of spicy oak, a slightly oily texture, and a citrus-influenced fruity finish. Some barrel fermentation but you can't really taste the oak, it just adds a hint of vanilla spice and weight. 13.5%. $21. 10Jun2004.

Vavasour Marlborough Pinot Gris 2003 A bright lemony wine, it's full-bodied and flavoursome, mouthfilling and moreish with a leesy backbone, a rich texture and a spicy lifted finish. Nut and pear scents, more nuts than pears, it's ripe and full with lots of flavour for its age. 11Nov2003.

2002 Vintage
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Akarua Pinot Gris 2002 - Bannockburn, Central Otago. A pale coloured wine with a very aromatic and characteristic Pinot Gris aroma of ripe pear. It's a juicy wine with nutty, spicy, mealy oak, lots of balanced acid and pear, lemon and apple flavours. It is reasonably full bodied and the flavours linger well on the dry finish. $22.95. 15Jan2003.

Alan McCorkindale Waipara Pinot Gris 2002 Sweaty sauvignon-like nose, rather lush and weighty in the palate but with some atypical herbaceousness. A lovely drink but not as varietal as I would have expected. A full, ripe finish with sweet stonefruit flavours lingering. 18Aug2002.
Tasted from another bottle, again there is a hint of sweat on the nose but altogether more fragrant with apple aromas to the fore. Apples at first in the mouth but then the pear flavours are quite strong. Excellent texture and lovely rich palate weight. 3 grams r.s. Unlike last year, this has 100% pinot gris. "The gewurztraminer blend didn't work", said winemaker Alan McCorkindale. "Neither did a blend with riesling", he added. 19Aug2002.
A year on and from a screwcapped bottle with a new label - Pear drop on the nose, it's got a slightly powdery, disintegrated palate right now. After a wimpish start, rich ripe pip and stonefruits come forth on the finish that has a little of the 'pink smoker lolly' musky characters - a little too sweet I fear, perhaps lacking a little acidity. 13.5% alc. *** 21Aug2003.

Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Gris 2002 A wine of good colour, with lemon, vanilla and the scents of summer meadows on the nose, this is a rich, ripe, smooth-textured, full-bodied peachy wine that is comparable to unoaked chardonnay, only better. In fact the wine gets better and better as the bottle gets lighter and lighter. The scents become more mealy and quite spicy, citrus and blossomy notes emerge and there's a touch of sweet herbs as well. Yeast lees give the structure, not the oak. ****. 17Jun2003.

Ascension Matakana Pinot Gris 2002 (sc) First crop. Fantastic perfume of pears and spice and a smooth mellow flavour with a subtle woody influence. A dry wine with a rich lush texture that makes it good with food. $24.95. 12Nov2002.

Bladen Pinot Gris 2002 Richly concentrated and aromatic wine with hints of nuts and spicy citrus zest that continues through to the mouth. Quite a lush full wine with ripe pear and tropical fruit flavours and hints of apricot on the dryish finish. 19Aug2002.

Bilancia Marlborough Pinot Gris 2002 Quite a spicy style, a fruit salad of a wine with lots of fleshy fruit and nutty, leesy, spicy flavours. Wonderfully ripe, terrific palate weight and excellent concentration with a great lushness. Quite rich and needs food. 19Aug2002. See other comments in my 'Wine of the Week' review for w/e 15Sep2002.

Carrick Pinot Gris 2002 Lots of citrus in this tank fermented wine. A clean style, soft acidity, pears, stonefruit, citrus and hints of honey that emerge and linger. Oily texture, green fruits, red apples and a herbal citrus twist to the finish. 20% saw 5-year old oak. Some lees stirring adds a mealy, nutty complexity that lingers. 13.5% 5gm rs. Tank sample. 9Sep2002.

Canterbury House 'The Good Times' Waipara Pinot Gris 2002 Very pale straw. Pungent and perfumed with pear, talc and subtle musk on nose. Warm leesy and oily with pears, apples, grassy herbs, gooseberries, tropical fruit & a touch of honey and spice. Ripe & fruity with a clean, crisp finish. 13% alc. $13.95. ***1/2 4Jun2003.

Chancellor 'The Hamner Junction' Pinot Gris 2002 - Waipara Pale lemon in colour with a slightly herbal, green, pip fruit aroma. Seems a simple wine at first but it gets better the more one sips it. It's a little oily, nutty and lemony with a creamy texture and a sweetish finish that is a little tingly. $20.95. 19Feb2003.

Chard Farm Central Otago Pinot Gris 2002 Good colour for a 2002. This smells like Pinot Gris but the taste gives a momentary suggestion of Gewurz. Warm and oily textured with lemon and pear on the nose, and hot spicy peppery flavours with leesy vanilla, pears and summer herbs lingering. Tank fermented and lees stirred. 3.5% alc. $24.95. 4Jun2003. ***1/2
Pale and powdery-textured with lots of vibrant acidity and sherbet with pears, lemons and apple filling out with more fleshy, cherimoya-like fruit and musk. It an off-dry style that builds in power to a complex fulfilling finish as the acid integrates to the ripe fruit flavours. Try this with pork loin chops topped with slices of apple then wrapped in tinfoil and baked in the oven. 20Aug2003.

Corbans Fern Label Pinot Gris 2002 Fairly deep colour for such a young wine. Quite bland and sweeter in style compared to big brother Huntaway. A white flower honey flavour, butterscotch and a sweet fruit finish. 11Sep2002.

Dry River Pinot Gris 2002 Straw lemon in colour, this has lovely, ripe, pear drop and flowery aromas. There's terrific texture in the palate, its rich, a little unctuous, very full-bodied and powerful almost to the point of being overpowering. Seems quite hot and alcoholic in the mouth, bready and leesy with a touch of spice. Quite sweet with lilac flowers and melon jam, it does not show too much acidity at first but the acidity is there, it just lags and emerges like lemon bread on the finish, which is gently sweet. Another wine to let develop as I think this needs more integration. $39 on mail order. 16Feb2003.

Drylands Marlborough Pinot Gris 2002 An onion skin colour with a slightly pink hue. When first opened it tasted a little oxidised and flat but a couple of days later none of that was apparent. It became richly flavoured with baked apples, ripe pear and a nectar-like texture. It's quite a powerful wine without food. 17Jun2003.

Escarpment ‘Station Bush’ Martinborough Pinot Gris 2002 A well coloured, honey gold wine with a rich, appealing, toasty nose and quite unctuous in its creamy texture, almost like chardonnay with layers of butterscotch and a touch of caramel. Fresh peaches, apricots and stonefruits with a touch of lemon to balance the ripe fruit and honey on the finish together with subtle oak that lingers. 14.5% alc. 18/20. 7Dec2003.

Fairhall Downs Pinot Gris 2002 Slightly pinkish tinge to the colour. Aromas of pear with a hint of orange and musk. Sweetish, rich and floral with pears and subtle spice, good acidity, good palate weight and nice length. Good wine. 4/5. 17Oct2002.

Framingham Marlborough Pinot Gris 2002 (sc) A light straw coloured wine that smells sweet, nutty and creamy smelling, a little like creaming soda. Rich oily texture, flavours of pear and apple with a pineapple sage herbaceousness and a lemon twist to the off dry fruity finish. Full-bodied, leesy, thirst quenching and moreish. 13.5% alc. 8Apr2003.
Straw gold. A myriad of aromas on the nose, full of lightly fruited scents such as pears, apricots, passionfruit and citrus with a nutty mealy and slightly musky (rose-like) influence. The attractive aromas of this off-dry wine carry through to the palate with pear nectar-like richness joining the creamed nut and leesy, spicy and slightly citrus flavours. It's a juicy wine, nicely balanced, very long in flavour and subtle in its power. 13.5% alc. $22.95. 21May2003. *****

Gibbston Valley Pinot Gris 2002 Lovely rich oily number, sweet ripe fruit, definitely flavours of pear with a hint of musk and something quite juicy on the finish. 11Sep2002.
Very perfumed aroma with pear, citrus and honey dominating. This is a spicy lifted refreshing wine, fairly dry and a little nutty with a lovely ripe pear spritzy finish. 17Oct2002.

Gladstone Pinot Gris 2002 - Wairarapa. There's some petillance in the glass of this pale wine. Quite classic pear drop aromas and rich pear flavours in the palate with a touch of juicy tropical fruit. It smells similar to and at first tastes similar to the Peregrine though not as opulent, perhaps due to less alcohol, (13.5%) nor as texturally balanced. The texture is grainy, like a Nashi pear. There's lots of bright acidity with a lovely orange flavour running thru it. Perhaps a touch of spice too. Yes. Very subtle spice. Nice wine. 13.5% 18/20. Pinot Gris Tasting - 11Jan2003.

Grove Mill Pinot Gris 2002 Pear drops and honey on the nose. As usual for this wine, great palate weight. With 16-17 grams of residual sugar this is one of the sweetest in the room. Long finish with lots of flavour. A good wine. 18Aug2002.
Really concentrated, rich, riesling-like pinot gris. Lots of citrus and honey, this is a sweet style with glycerol, weight and structure. Toasty and mouthfilling with the citrus and honey lingering well. Imagine a late afternoon, lazing in the sun, sipping on a glass of this and nibbling on pate, foie gras or creamy blue cheese. 16+gm rs. 100% malo. 9Sep2002.
Delicately perfume of blossoms with subtle hints of pear & apple. The sweetness in this wine is quite apparent in the mouth with quite rich pear flavours. Ripe pear flavours with hints of apple linger well and there is a wee hint of ginger spice on finish. I like the texture in this wine, which has been made in an Alsace style using pinot noir methods. I'd like to pop this one in the cellar to let the luscious honeyed richness that I know these wines can get, evolve. 13% alc. 17gm rs. 6Nov2002.
Sweetly scented, pear, lemon, sherbet, slightly floral. A sweet wine, quite rich, a little unctuous with flavours of sweet lemon & quince jam and a long pleasing finish. Smells like pinot gris ought and tastes like pinot gris ought. A deliciously ripe pinot gris, long & unctuously sweet but with terrific balance. 13% 18.5/20. Pinot Gris Tasting - 11Jan2003
Pale in colour with aromas of ripe pear, this smells sweet and lush. It's a little sugary on the palate with the grainy texture of pears and flavours of honeyed pear / pear liqueur. It's a little earthy and creamy with terrific body and balance and a long lingering fruity finish that is lifted with a touch of lemon. A touch of malo fattens the wine. I can imagine enjoying this with fresh pears and Camembert. $25.95. 19Mar2003.

Huia Pinot Gris 2002 A great nose. Great palate weight too. A peach sherbet flavour with lots of spice and a lovely succulence. There's a wonderful length on this wine which lingers nice and fully with sweet fruit and juicy citrus sherbet flavours. Quite rich, needs food. 4.5 grams. 13.5%. I think this is the best Huia Pinot Gris I have tasted. Mike Allan attributes it to age - age of the vines and age of the owners. Developing complexities - winemakers are learning the complexity of the grape and the winemaking styles as the vines come of age. Mike also suggests Hong Kong duck cooked in the Tandoori Oven. 'Love-a-Duck;' is the name of the restaurant (is this in Hong Kong?).19Aug2002.
Full rich creamy style with ripe and tropical fruit flavours. This is a very interesting wine - quite zesty and delish. Wild ferment has introduce4 a toasty character. There's no oak and no malo. Definitely one of the most interesting wines of this grape variety around right now. 13.5% 3.7gms rs. 23Sep2002.

Johanneshof Marlborough Pinot Gris 2002 Again, lovely sweet ripe fruit with tons of delicious flavour. good rich texture and sweet fruit in the pear/peach spectrum. Excellent concentration and ripens with a nice touch of spiciness on the finish. 14% 8 grams. no barrels, no lees work. 19Aug2002.
Pale onion skin gold. A sweeter wine, lots of honey, slightly waxy texture, butterscotch, creamy palate, citrus and beeswax. Fresh. Quite mouthfilling, no oak. Perhaps some lingering lemon grass. When it is served very cold it seems a little unbalanced on the finish, as it warms up it becomes more delightful. 14%. 16.5/20. 7Dec2003.

Kemblefield Pinot Gris 2002 First crop from 3 year-old vines. Stainless steel fermented, lees contact, 1.5 grams r.s. Sweetish fruit that tends to stonefruit in flavour with a toasty characters and richness while lemon zest emerges and lingers on the very long and delicious finish. Yet to be released. 19Aug2002.

Kerner Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2002 A soft wine, slightly musky with perhaps a subtle note of oak joining the juicy nectarine and slightly peachy flavours. A ripe appealing wine, just off dry, with good palate weight. Seamless in its flow it has good balance thoughout and a warm rich finish. But watch that whallop from the alcohol. 14.5%. 22Jun2004.

Kim Crawford Boyzone Pinot Gris 2002 (tank sample) Jubey nose. Young and leesy at this stage. quite rich pear drop-like perfume developing well on the finish then nectarine and prickly pear. Juicy finish increasing in power and lushness. 19Aug2002.

Kumeu River Pinot Gris 2002 Straw gold in colour. Nut and pear aromas and perhaps a hint of cheese - as in pear cheese or quince cheese, a character I am sure is derived from the yeast lees. Vibrant fruit flavours, good acidity and a creamy texture with peach, pear, nuts and lifted lemon on the spicy and long finish. It opens up well in the mouth intensifying in flavour with the vibrancy of the fruit. A delicious pinot gris with great cellaring potential and possibly the best yet seen from Kumeu River. RRP NZ$26.95. 13Aug2002.
Crisp and clean, apple and pear with stone fruit richness. Good acidity, great length and a lovely lifted finish. 19Aug2002.

Lucknow Estate Pinot Gris 2002 from the Quarry Ridge Vineyard, near Maraekakaho. Toasty leesy aromas, spicy, zesty, quite lifted compared to some of the other ripe textured wines in the room. Ripe, toasty, spiced peach and citrus finish. 19Aug2002. Tasted a few weeks later, this wine was superb with a caparccio of ostrich.

Margrain Pinot Gris 2002 Lees contact, no oak, bone dry and lemony with a creamy palate structure and a spicy finish. A little riesling-like but a richer, weightier, linger finish. 13Oct2003.

Martinborough Vineyards Pinot Gris 2002 Rich, full-bodied, luscious, mealy, use of subtle oak adds some vanilla, a touch of honeycomb too. Lovely mouthfilling wine with a good spicy backbone. *****. 8Dec2003.

Matakana Estate Pinot Gris 2002 - Matakana. Ripe pears and hints of nuts on the nose, clean and rich. A sweeter wine in the mouth with a rich oily texture and lots of glycerol.. Really ripe flavours of pear and musk and ultra ripe grapes. A twist of mandarin lifts the wine. There's a slightly butter candy-like ( toffee/caramel) influence, and perhaps some vanilla and apricot/tropical fruit juices. There's a nuance of creamy cashew on the slightly mealy finish that linger well with stone fruit flavours.. Very pleasant. 13% 18/20. Pinot Gris Tasting - 11Jan2003.

Morton Estate White Label Pinot Gris 2002 - Hawkes Bay Straw gold with appealing aromatics of violets and citrus peel then lots of citrus flavours with spicy oranges, mandarins and lemons as well as apples, hazelnuts and a hint of stonefruit. It's a full-bodied fruity mouthful, juicy and flavoursome with spicy acidity on the warm smoky finish. Well integrated French oak and lees contact adds complexity. Pear-like flavours linger. 13.5% alc. $18.95. 9Apr2003.

Nautilus Pinot Gris 2002 Very pale, nutty, medium acidity, citrus and tropical fruits and lots of spice. Ripe and tasty. The finish is long and lingering. Bottled just 10 days when tasted. Should develop well. Has 30% old oak. 14% alc, 6.5gm rs. 23Sep2002.
Straw gold with ripe apple & pear aromas and something that reminds a few of us of 'banana bike' (yellow banana caramel) toffees. This is a good wine with a lovely full body and luscious texture, it's off dry with good fruit weight, balanced acidity and a tropical fruit finish spiked with lemon that goes on and on. Lovely on its own it would be good with food too. 14% alc. $24.95. 9Apr2003.

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2002 Pale lemon. Delicate aromas, a little quince-like. Quite strong lemony citrus flavours with a full round texture and then quince, pear and apple emerge. Hot and spicy, with a good deal of power on the finish and a pip fruit finish that lingers sweetly in the mouth for ages. Lightly honeyed. 14% alc. 12Apr2003.

Omaka Springs Pinot Gris 2002 Richly textured wine with good palate weight. Ripe fruit flavours of pear and apple and spicy citrus on the sweet long finish. Good follow through. 19Aug2002.

Peregrine Pinot Gris 2002 - Central Otago. Pear and apple aromas. Warmly textured and rich, this is a fragrant lifted wine with a lovely richness of ripe pinot gris grapes. Creamy and clean it leaves the mouth nicely refreshed with a zing of citrus and ripe apple and pear flavours lingering. And as well there is a whiff of peach in the empty glass. Very nice indeed. The richness and warm texture might have something to do with the 14% alcohol. Develops delicious complexities as it develops and has a full-bodied, well-balanced finish with a fairly unctuous glycerol texture..Very good indeed. Pear nectar in a glass. 2.3 grams r.s. 14% alc. 18.5/20. Pinot Gris Tasting - 11Jan2003.

Porters Martinborough Pinot Gris 2002 Pale gold. When it's cold it smells chalky and fruity. When it warms up it smells a little sweaty, perhaps a little corky. A medium-bodied wine that is musky and spicy with lemon, melon, loquat, dried papaya and banana an off-dry finish that is just a little short. 14%. 16/20. 7Dec2003.

Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2002 Lifted and vibrant with wonderful acidity and spice, crisp ripe fruit that remind me of lemons, pears and stonefruit and a textural complexity that many try to achieve. Hints of musk emerge on the ripe fruit finish together with spicy citrus zest. A firm finish. 19Aug2002.

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2002 Quite an intense pear drop aroma. A crisp and refreshing wine with a rich leesy palate weight, a little spice and muskiness like that of a gewurztraminer and a strong powerful pear and citrus finish. It's dry with balanced ripe fruit and mealy flavours lingering. The richness of this wine cuts through the oiliness of crumbed sardine well. It is not a match I would have thought of but it definitely went well. 2/3 Lowburn and 1.3 Gibbston Back Road fruit. Fermented in stainless steel with lees contact for four months. 14.5% alc. 3gms r.s. $ 4Nov2002.
Aromas of pears, nuts and musk. A dry style, quite nutty, nicely balanced, lovely rich texture and a ripe fruit finish. Shows some winemaking flair. Very high alcohol 14.5%. which gives a lush finish. 18/20. Pinot Gris Tasting - 11Jan2003.

Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Gris 2002 Pale lemon in colour. Delicate lemon and pear drop scents. A ripe yet seemingly dryish pinot gris with lots of stonefruit flavours joining pear and apple blossom. Finishes well with a warm vinous concentration and lushness to the texture and a lingering flavour that has a creamed nut nuance along with tropical fruit flavours and a twist of citrus that balances the sweet ripeness well. There is even a touch of old english rose on the very end. Will develop a honeyed character with time, I'm sure. A most enjoyable PG that was a delicious accompaniment to roast pork with a spiced apple sauce. 8Sep2002.

Seresin Pinot Gris 2002 Weighty wine with a bubblegum flavour together with pear and peach. Good structure and weight and drinking very well with a great finish. I like it. 18Aug2002.

Stonecutter Martinborough Pinot Gris 2002 Perfumed blossomy nose with hints of stonefruit. Bright and tasty with lemon rind, ginger, pear and musk. A iittle oily in texture, good weight with some nuttiness on the nicely balanced finish. 14.5%. 4gms rs. 4*. 10Nov2002.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2002 Lemon gold. Classic nut and pear flavours with lemon and apple but although these high acid fruits appear, the wine has seemingly soft acidity. Spicy with ripe fruit (or added sugar) and nutty and leesy. However I find the sweetness is unbalanced. There's a 'hot' character that comes out on the finish and a herbal note that lingers. 11Sep2002.

Tasman Bay Pinot Gris 2002 Quite a richly textured, fruit driven style. Pear flavours with leesy lemon notes emerging to linger with a hint of creamy oak that adds complexity to the ripe stonefruit and spice finish. 8.5g r.s. 19Aug2002.

2001 Vintage [top] [index]

Vin Alto Clevedon Pinot Grigio 2001 A lovely fat, fleshy full-bodied pinot gris with juicy lemon, a touch of earthiness and a steely finish. Totally dry but ripe fleshy fruit gives an apparent sweetness. Pip fruits with a slight muskiness and lemony overtones linger on the soft sensuous, slightly greasy palate, i.e. it slips down easily. 5% oak gives a hint of toastiness. The perfect wine for Clevedon oysters. $28. 24Aug2003.

Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris 2001 Nutty and pear drop aromas with a 'green herb flower' nuance. Lovely flavour, like bubble gum (well I liked the forbidden pink bubble gum when I was a kid). There's a lemony note running through the wine along with pear and golden queen peach. Excellent palate weight and texture in this dry (4 grams residual sugar) wine that lingers with floral notes on the finish. 20% was fermented in old oak and lees stirred, the rest was given tank freshness. $18. 22Mar2002.

Bilancia Pinot Grigio 2001 (Hawkes Bay). Seems to have heaps of residual sugar as it is sweet and almost like toffees when first in the mouth, but there is a lovely underlying lusciousness. Pear, peach and a touch of apricot with some herbs and spice on the finish. The texture is creamy with a lemon zestiness. The name is misleading, as it is not like an Italian Grigio style at all, but more in the Alsace mould. 18Sep2001.

Brookfields Pinot Gris 2001 Musky, perfumed scents. Full bodied in palate with peach and ripe grapes, hints of lemon and pear-like texture. 5Nov2001.

Carrick Pinot Gris 2001 (Central Otago). Ripe and luscious with honeyed pears and a lovely texture. 17Sep2001.

Chard Farm Pinot Gris 2001 (Central Otago) Yeasty and lemon aromas but there's a floral fragrance in there. Creamed nut texture. Tropical fruit, banana, melon, pear. Reasonably high alcohol. Becomes quite full with strong pear and vanilla flavours on the finish and an aftertaste of vanilla custard with tinned apricots. Good acidity. Not a 5 o'clock wine. Needs food. $25. 22May2002.

Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Gris 2001 A myriad of flavours. Rich, leesy and creamy with caramel, honey, spice, vanilla custard, apricot. Rich, full-bodied and lifted. Wine of the Week selection, 6Oct2002.
Leesy, peach, honey, caramel toffee, warm citrussy wine. Plenty of warm leesy vanillin oak flavours. Custard and apricot. Lovely texture and mouth feel. Apricot and citrus lifts the sweet nutty finish. Made in the chardonnay style but fruity and more perfumed than chard. Canned pears. Yes, they do linger well. $31. 30Oct2002.

Esk Valley Black Label Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2001 Ripe rich and luscious yet refreshing. It tastes sweet but is only just off-dry. It is just that the fruit is very ripe. Lovely underlying spice accompanies the stone fruit flavours in this mouthfilling, richly textured, fairly high alcohol (14.5%) wine. $23. 5Nov2001.

Fairhall Downs Pinot Gris 2001 Showing a developed character. Toasty with quite sweet peach character, toasty lees and a caramel flavour on the finish. 13.5% alcohol. Has been matured in old oak. 19Aug2002.

Gibbston Valley Pinot Gris 2001 Pale green gold in colour. Great aromatics with zingy pear and citrus. In the palate it's a bright fruited wine with apples, pears and citrus, a honeyed texture and spices and musk lingering on the finish. $26. 24Sep2001.

Gladstone Pinot Gris 2001 Leesy, nutty style. A little developed and oxides but pear flavours emerge and linger. 19Aug2002.

Grove Mill Pinot Gris 2001 Nutty aromas with hints of pears. Noticeably sweeter in palate than the Grove Mill Riesling tasted just previously. It doesn't seem to have the acid to back up the sweetness but it has the palate weight. Flavours of ripe poached pear and hints of baked apple/citrus with a full rich sweet nutty texture and ripe pear and peach lingering. Has had full malolactic before being stop fermented. $25. 31Oct2001

Hays Lake Pinot Gris 2001 (Central Otago). Lovely pear, apricot and spice flavours with a honeyed richness and a luscious texture. Sweet and ripe. A gorgeous wine, delightfully balanced. Crafted by Rudi Bauer. 13.8% alcohol, 4 grams residual sugar. 18Sep2001.
Another ripe and rich wine, a year older showing the weight of chardonnay - phenolic development is giving a toasty character while leesy citrus flavours linger. 19Aug2002.

Herzog Pinot Gris 2001 Shy aromas. Rich full palate with honey, pears and a touch of nectarine which gives a ripe fruit lift to the finish. Soft acids, ripe fruit, lengthy finish and a slightly wild oxidative note. More texture than flavour. A wine to accompany rich foods. $35. 21Jan2002.

Huia Pinot Gris 2001 Pale lemon with a bouquet of honeyed pears. Quite a steely style in the palate with citrus and spice and a honeyed character on the finish with lemon and spice. $26. 24Sep2001.

Huntaway Marlborough Pinot Gris 2001 Quite amazingly fragrant with the powerful rich aromas. Takes a while to ubnfold in the mouth then takes on many facet of stone fruit, white peach, apricot and finished with poached pear. This wine has had malolactic and skin contact to develop the complexity. 4 gms rs. 11Sep2002.

Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2001 Straw gold. Strongly aromatic with pear and nuts - quite intense aromas for a pinot gris. A lively wine in the palate with strong pear and lemon flavours and the warmth of yeast lees. Fairly dryish but sweet ripe fruit balances it well. 9May2002

Martinborough Vineyards Pinot Gris 2001 Nice mealy richness and complexity rich stonefruit and poached pear flavours enhanced with butterscotch. Rich and creamy - a pinot gris for chardonnay lovers, perhaps? Really mouthfilling, ripe and long with fulfilling stone fruit flavours and hints of citrus blossom on the finish. Good food wine - try Kikorangi and Dried pear. 13.5% alc. 4.5gms rs, 50/50 tank/barrel. Small portion of malo. 9Sep2002.
Richer in colour than the other wines in the line-up, no doubt due to oak and bottle-age. A rich wine with honeyed/spicy oak, cashew nuts and mealy scents. Not really fruity like the others. Pears and creamy vanilla flavours. Finishes dry. A very stylish wine though hard to pick the variety. Nicely balanced with superb integration of oak. Made in a Burgundian style. 13.5% 18.5/20. Pinot Gris Tasting - 11Jan2003.

Mission Estate HB Pinot Gris 2001 Pears, apples and citrus with a hint of tropical fruit, Off-dry style with a slightly oily texture. Nicely balanced Reasonably pleasant to drink. Nothing startling $15.95 Average. 10Jul2002

Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2001 Barrel-ferment complexities with pear, pears and then fruit salad. A very big, ripe, luscious wine with a sweet, tending towards honey, finish. Nicely exotic. Thus wine has 20 grams of residual sugar. 16 Sep2001.

Nevis Bluff Pinot Gris 2001 A rich toasty nose (no oak) and very concentrated lime fruit - lots of citrus peel - a little different to the styles tasted here today. A big leesy wine with a rich fruit finish. 13.5%. 19Aug2002.

Porters Martinborough Pinot Gris 2001 Spicy, nutty, lots of lemon, quite lifted and refreshing but enriches in the palate with some spicy, fleshy stonefruit. Toasty lemon zest on the finish. 19Aug2002.
Quite a richly flavoured, lees influenced wine. Apples, pears, hints of nuts. Leesy finish. Quite textural. Dry. Use of wild yeasts adds to complexity. Suggested food matches include caramelised onion quiche, terrine or escargot. 13% alc. 16Oct2002.

Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2001 (Central Otago). Lemon and pear sherbet and spice on the noes carries through to the palate. Lovely texture, slightly oily. Good weight and flavour. 13.8% alcohol, 4 grams residual sugar. 18Sep2001.

Seresin Marlborough Pinot Gris 2001 Honey and very ripe pear with a lovely balance and zing. This is a very balanced, ripe, gorgeous wine with a great texture in the mouth. 18Sep2001.
Much richer fuller body, bubble gum oak, seems to be made in a more commercial approachable style. Melon, pear, apple, juicy tropical fruit, custard again and some citrus and herb on the toasty mealy finish. Much easier to drink on its own. Quite high in alcohol I bet. Yes. Remove the blindfold to see it is 14%. $29. 22May2002.

Shingle Peak Pinot Gris 2001 Freshy and fruity with 'Queen of the night' aromas and apple, peach and fresh green grape flavours, it's warm and slightly oily with hints of nuts on the lingering finish. 13.0% alcohol. This has a black 'reseal' screwtop but it is so cleverly done that the waitress at the restaurant wanted to open it with a corkscrew. We had this with Japanese style pork - an excellent match. 19Mar2002.

St Helena Pinot Gris 2001 Softly pungent with lemons and underlying stone fruits. Moce balance and subtle concentrations. 17.5/20 16Sep2001.

Tasman Bay Nelson Pinot Gris 2001 Pale colour with pear and lemon drop aromas. Lightly nutty in the palate at first, then pear, apricot and soft citrus with some sherbet zestiness. Nice palate weight and texture with a little oiliness and lingering spice on the finish with a hint of ginger. 10Oct2001.
I love the spice and zest of the citrus (orange & grapefruit) peel that runs through this wine. Terrific balance, good acidity, rich texture and a flavour of pears and stonefruits. And it is a good cellaring proposition ascertained by trying the wine after it had sat for 3 weeks on the bench with a rubber cork. 12 % abv. A little residual sugar on stonefruit finish. Yes a very good wine. I enjoyed it. 31Oct2001.

Thornbury Pinot Gris 2001 Ripe pear with hints of honey and a flourish of lemon zest on the finish. 18Sep2001.

Vin Alto Clevedon Pinot Grigio 2001 A fat, full-bodied wine with fleshy stonefruit, juicy lemon, a touch of earthiness and a steely finish. It's totally dry but the texture is greasy (i.e. it slips down easily), the fruit is sweet and lush and there's a touch of musk on the lingering finish that has pip fruit and lemon overtones. The 5% oak adds a slightly toasty hint. A wine to match to oysters. 25Aug2003.

2000 Vintage [top] [index]

Akarua (Bannockburn Heights) Pinot Gris 2000 (Central Otago). Pale, Malolactic aromas. Milky, acidic, lanolin, no oak. Chablis-like, steely, perhaps even a little chalky but definitely some stone fruit too. $15.95. 21 Feb 2001

Bilancia Pinot Grigio 2000 ($26.95) Upfront flavours full of nuts, honey, citrus and poached pears. Reminiscent of nougat, it is rich, sweet and balanced yet finishes dry. 18.5/20 Aug 2000

Corbans Pinot Gris 2000 A great introduction to this new popular variety with its aroma reminiscent of wine gums, soft flavours of apples and pears, a rich texture and an off-dry finish. $13.95. 9Aug2001.

Dry River Estate Pinot Gris 2000 Straw gold in colour and emits honeyed aromas with a soft fragrance of lemon and honeysuckle. In the mouth are flavours of nuts, honey, sweet grapefruit and pears with a citrus layer on the finish. It's rich, creamy, leesy and warm wine with an oily tending towards viscous texture, pleasant not overly done. A little sweetness emerges on the finish. This wine improved as it sat in the glass while I wrote my notes and I think it is a great cellaring prospect although delicious now. Still with only one bottle per customer, it's the kind of wine you would save for the right occasion. ($33.00). 18Mar2001.

Fairhall Downs Pinot Gris 2000 (Marlborough). Pretty floral and stone fruit aromas. Lovely sweet yet balanced stone fruits and soft acid in the palate. Needs to be slightly chilled. 17.5/20. FG Sept99.
Chalk, honey, capsicum? citrus. Quite a rich texture, but more reminiscent of a Riesling. 24 Jan 2001

Framingham Pinot Gris 2000 Aromatic with pear drop scents. Quite zesty, nice texture. Pears and grapes, long, lifted. Lovely length. A little creamy. Nectarines, perhaps and a little apple. 18-> 4stars 6 June 2001

Gibbston Valley Pinot Gris 2000 (Central Otago). Attractive floral aromas. Softly pungent and juicy flavours with sherbet-like spice. Like freshly squeezed -watered down orange juice. Nice balance with that residual orange-juice sweetness. A very easy drinking style with a little bit of honey, blossom flowers and spice linger on the finish. Bright and friendly. Popular with the punters .$22.95. 7 Feb 2001

Grove Mill Pinot Gris 2000 Very ripe, passionfruit, stone fruits and apples. Quite luscious but seemingly drier than last years version, however the higher acidity is what makes it seem drier. Quite nutty on the finish, lingering sweet melon and passionfruit and fresh ripe juicy pears with a coasting of sugar and lemon juice. 17.5/20. Nov 2000

Huntaway Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2000 Buttery nuances to this full-bodied, lower acid wine with a nutty bouquet. Quite fat, in fact a little bit flabby with caramel coming through. Sugared stone fruit flavours (peach, nectarine) on the balanced finish. So-so. $19.95. 17Jan2002.

Isabel Estate Pinot Gris 2000 This is the first vintage and an "experiment". It's a dry nutty style with quite high alcohol making it appear hot. It's more about texture than fruit. and is soft on the finish with lifted, sweet ripe grape flavours and spice lingering. 16/20. Nov 2000

Margrain Pinot Gris 2000 (tank sample) Lemon flavours at first then follows a full-bodied richness of ripe pear flavours with a honey-like texture. Spice emerges on the finish with apples and citrus intensifying on the full lingering aftertaste. Bone dry but well balanced with great palate structure. Yet to be fined and filtered, this is due for release about February 2001. Nov 2000
Intensely aromatic with bright pear and citrus, honeysuckle and some leesiness. Classic pinot gris with pear drop flavours, oily texture and a touch of steeliness. Lovely balance Very impressive. 16Nov2001.

Palliser Estate 2000 Pinot Gris. Very dry and intensely flavoured with ripe, pears, stonefruits, nuts, a touch of apple and hints of musk and spice. With great texture and balance it excited the taste buds, setting the standard for the rest of the day. 18.5/20. Nov 2000

Peregrine Pinot Gris 2000 Spritzy little number - perfumed with nice mouthfeel. Later, when spritz went away, aromas of pear drops and creaming soda emerged. I though it was a gewurztraminer at first. Faint hint of pears along with spice and musk and balanced lemon lingers. 9 May 2001

Porters Pinot Gris 2000 Creamy nuances on the nose with zesty spice. Bright, honeyed lemon and pears with a lovely ripeness and texture and stone fruits emerging on the finish. Good, bright, zingy acidity and a lovely creamy texture. Very ripe, with a gewurztraminer-like spiciness coming thru on the finish. 17Sep2001.

Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2000 (Central Otago), 1st bottle: Flat and dull - a little cork taint perhaps. Hot, oaky, spicy. 2nd bottle: Nuts & citrus on the nose. More pronounced citrus character in the palate with a leesy toasty richness. Nutty complexities throughout. A touch of creaming soda and spice. Only about 6 people liked this wine. More would have liked if they had had a repour as 2nd wine was clean. 8.8g/l r.s. 13.4%-alc $21.95. 7 Feb 2001
3 days later. Has developed bright toasty complexities with lemon oil texture and a nutty. This wine needs cellaring to appreciate at its best.

Seresin Estate Pinot Gris 2000 Lovely aromatics of pear drop. Rich and toasty in the palate with ripe tropical fruit and passionfruit, nuts and spice. Oily texture. Vibrant and lifted with soft lemon acids. 18/20. Nov 2000.

Tasman Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2000 Fairly pale with just the merest tinge of lemon. Fresh pear drops and honeysuckle aromas. Warm and nicely balanced with a delicate liquid white honey flavour and texture, together with ripe pears, crisp apples and the weightiness of stone fruits with a nutty, yeast lees and apple-seed spice finish. 5 g/L rs. 13% alc. Partial barrel ferement. $17. WOTW 24Sep2000.

Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris 2000 Soft pear drop-like aromas. Spicy, zingy fruit at first, broadening in the palate with soft oak adding to the weight. Zingy, lively pinot gris with spices and a sweet peachy/stonefruit flavour emerging on the finish. Very nice. 17.5/20. Tasted 30/10/2000

. 1999 Vintage [top] [index]

Ata Rangi Pinot Gris 1999 Rich lemon colour. Mineral, soft lemon flavour with pleasing residual sugar. Soft acid with a touch of zinginess. Full and elegantly rich. Lovely length - soft and peachy and almost floral. A good food wine although delightful on its own. First PG for Ata Rangi. Harvested at 26 Brix and 1/3rd fermented in oak. 20g/l residual sugar. $28.00. 23Aug99.

Brick Bay Matakana Pinot Gris 1999 Rich meal wet hay aromas. Quite intriguing. One of the class likened it to 'fresh sileage', a smell she absolutely loved. A rich, flavoursome full bodied wine with an ever so slight suggestion of oak - which may not be oak but perhaps a complexity of bottle age, before ripe pear and quince play on the palate. There's a hint of honey too. A beautiful example of NZ pinot gris. 9May2002

Fairhall Downs Pinot Gris 1999 Intense poire-william aromas with a hint of vanilla and honey and intense pear-drop flavours in the palate followed by a flavour somewhat reminiscent of sucking on an apricot kernel while a sweet herb-like flavour and the merest hint of ginger spice makes an appearance at the end. Texturally rich and warm with excellent balance of fruit to acidity and a soft, rounded finish. 14% alc. $22.95. WOTW 4Jun2000.

Goldridge Matakana Pinot Gris 1999 ($14.95) is quite a developed colour for a young wine. Steely lemon, lanolin, buttery oak and its rich full body will make this wine popular with Chardonnay lovers. *** Feb 2001

Grove Mill Marlborough Pinot Gris 1999 Made in the lush style, I reckon if you open it on a hot summer's day it will evaporate very quickly because it is just so drinkable. When first tried, I found delicate, pear-like aromas with a soap-like floral scent but it opened up as it sat in the glass, becoming more pungently aromatic with a dash of citrus. Concentrated fruit in the palate with peaches, pears, apricots and orange blossom, tropical fruits and pineapple - layers of ripe fruit flavours that wax and wane. Sweet oranges on the finish. It's a beautifully balanced wine with a slightly oily texture, good acidity and a lovely sweetness - but perhaps too sweet for dry wine lovers with its dollops of sherbet and sugar. However, I loved the richness and weight of this wine. About $23. WOTW 19Sep1999.

Huia Marlborough Pinot Gris 1999 Lovely rich palate with excellent weight and great texture. Pears and flowers are the main flavour profiles and these intensify on the finish. Very dry (4 grams residual sugar). Tasted 9/99 NZWTF.

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Gris 1999 There's a brilliant yellow glow to this wine. Very dry and lemony at first, then the weight and roundness of the wine shows itself as it opens up. Very honeyed on the finish (but not the botrytis kind). Yummy finish - sweetish and floral. 22Sep99.

Quartz Reef Central Otago Pinot Gris 1999 Oily looking, good lemon colour with a green tinge. Honeyed aroma. Full, rich almost toasty complexity. Some residual sugar. Delicate flavours - pears?? Perhaps a touch of spice. Nice balance. 22Sep99.
Good colour, terrific flavour, there's pears and baked apple, a lifted lemony finish, a flush of pineapple and excellent length. A wine that has blossomed with bottle development - a delightful pinot gris. 19Sep2003.

Ransom Clos de Valerie Pinot Gris 1999 Extremely dry. Flinty, with lemon and lemon peel. Lots of acid - a keeper. Quite hot with 12% alcohol. Very dry finish with a touch of ripe fruit - stone fruits and pears and perhaps a suggestion of pineapple. Good length. Tasted 19/12/99

Schoffit Pinot Gris 1999 Yellow gold. Sweet and luscious. Nutty, apricots, lemons. honey. Very long, fulfilling finish. 6 June 2001

1998 Vintage [top] [index]

Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris 1998 Fresh, zingy aroma. In the palate it has high alcohol, big body, medium viscosity, low acid, pears and citrus (orange zest) flavour and a sweetish finish with a luscious lingering citrus zest/orange honey aftertaste. I wonder about the alcohol though. At 13.5% it makes it really 'hot' in the mouth and detracts a little from the overall enjoyment of the flavour at first, but drink enough and you will enjoy yourself regardless. Tasted 19/1/99. ****1/2. $15. WOTW 1Feb1999.

Brick Bay Matakana Pinot Gris 1998 A first vintage wine off the Brick Bay vineyard overlooking Kawau Bay, it's got a vinous aroma and in the palate it's zingy at first with soft, tropical fruit characters rounding out the mid palate and a full-bodied lush finish which lingers well. Nicely balanced and pleasant drinking. Good wine. About $23. WOTW 11Apr1999.

Dry River Pinot Gris 1998 Lush, 'minerally, nutty, full, rich, hints of viscosity, reasonable hit of alcohol and lingering flavours'. As the wine eveolved in the glass the aromas were of pear drops mingled with flowers with hints of cheesy, leesy characters. The long finish is sweetish with peachy stone fruits emerging. Good cellaring potential. $30. 13Mar99.

Kumeu River Pinot Gris 1998 While still a baby, it has the seductiveness of an Alsacian cousin. Hints of pear on the nose and lots of pear in the palate with a touch of oiliness and a lovely sweet finish. The wine has a nice 'feel' (texture) and while it is bone dry, the low acidity gives the perception of sweetness. Made in small stainless steel casks, without malolactic or oak influence. Second vintage. $21 ex-winery. WOTW 15Nov1998.

Ransom Clos de Valerie Pinot Gris 1998 (Warkworth) Pale lemon colour. Unusual aroma - earthy, minerally and hints of citrus fruits. In the palate, immensely fruity. Fresh, citrus - lemons and grapefruit - at first but changing to pears mid palate then tending to tropical fruit flavours, especially pineapple, on the finish. Although the wine is extremely dry it has ripe fruit sweetness which lingers on the finish. Alcohol content is 14%. 21/11/98 Rating V.V. Good.

Sandihurst Pinot Gris 1998 Richer colour. Apple aromas. Oily, citrus, quite juicy at first but there's a hint of rotten fruit? European style. Dry. Hot, nutty finish. Zesty notes on the finish, which linger with a floral connotation. Long and improves as it lingers 15.5-> 16 (bronze) 3.5 stars 6 June 2001

Seresin Marlborough Pinot Gris 1998 It's dry and nutty on the mellow nose with just a little bottle stink. It's dry and nutty in the palate too. It's gone quite savoury and there's a spicy nuance to the lemon bread finish. It's quite a bold, fat wine and needs strong food. 19Sep2003.

Older Vintages [top] [index]

Shingle Peak Marlborough Pinot Gris 1996 Quite an unctuous quality without being too obvious. Some riesling like characters - honey, limes and lemons, and lifted acidity. But fills out in a way that riesling can't, finishing with heaps of body (similar to that of a chardonnay) with flavours of nuts springing to mind and lots of lemon. Tasted 21/1/99. ****1/2

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