Wine: Groovy gris sure to please

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Saturday, 10 June 2017, 3:29PM

Generally speaking, PG indicates Parental Guidance is required to partake in the entertainment on offer. I'd definitely be inviting Mum and Dad over to supervise when sipping this tasty PG trio ...

Greystone Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $25.90

If you're a fan of pinot gris that feels luxuriously rich, plump and plush on the palate, yet finishes with a crisp, chalky-dry texture - this is right up your cul-de-sac. Grown using chemical-free, natural viticulture techniques and carefully coaxed into the bottle by Dominic Maxwell and his talented team, this "baked apple and quince"-scented, spice-fest of a wine is generously fruity, luscious and lovely to drink.

Sip with: twice-baked blue cheese souffle.

Giesen Vineyard Selection Pinot Gris 2016 $18

Created from fruit sourced from vineyards around the country, this is a clean, tangy, apple-focused wine edged with nashi pear and peach notes. Lipsmackingly crisp acidity and laced with baking spices and boasting a dryish, minerally finish, it's a crowd-pleaser for sure.

Sip with: a wedge of Emmental cheese and apple and feijoa chutney.

Rod McDonald Mister Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $18

How cute and storybookish is this label? Shouldn't matter I know, but I was seduced straight away. Hawke's Bay pinot gris has personality all of its own, so expect delicate Winter Cole pear aromas and juicy, nectarine-and-ginger-laced tension in the mouth. Taut and tightrope-like on the finish, it's a groovy gris for sure.

Sip with: spicy minced pork larb Thai salad.


Yvonne Lorkin is co-founder and chief tasting officer of winefriend.co.nz and a Wine Writers of NZ member.