AirNZ Wine awards

Pinot Gris

New Zealand produces vibrant and regionally distinctive aromatic wines. Pinot gris is a mutant clone of pinot noir and one of the fastest growing varieties locally as well as globally. We look at some of the best examples of pinot gris from the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015

Crossroads Milestone Series Pinot Gris 2015

If you like nashi pears and nectarines, this wine is for you. A luscious fruit palate followed by a lively finish makes this the perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian dishes. (Pure silver medal)

Church Road Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015

This wine is rich, aromatic and slightly sweet. Made in the Alsatian style, with the grapes allowed to fully ripen before harvest, expect pear and rose on the nose with a fresh and elegant palate. Perfect as an apéritif or with roast pork and apple sauce. (Pure silver medal)

Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015

A refreshing, easy-to-drink pinot gris and an ideal summer time drop. The palate is full of peaches and apricots with a creamy, lingering finish. This wine offers a slightly different take on the usual offering for this variety as it is made in a distinctive German style. (Pure silver medal)

Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014

Made in the fresh style with a crisp acidity, this refreshing Central Otago wine has apples and quince on the palate, with a long finish. Match with Thai fish cakes or pan-fried salmon with a sweet spicy dressing. (Pure silver medal)

Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015

Spy Valley are leaders in producing exceptional aromatic wines. Pear, peach and ripe apricots, combine with manuka honey and nougat on the nose. On the palate, low cropping fruit shows through in the rich palate weight and a creamy mouthfeel. A delicate hint of spice complements a dense, yet approachable structure.  (Pure silver medal)

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