Pinot Gris grapes are the white equivalent of Pinot Noir. The wine made from them is Italy's most popular variety (known over there as Pinot Grigio) and is drunk internationally. On offer to you today are three of New Zealand's finest examples of Pinot Gris, including two bottles of the Butterfish Bay Northland Pinot Gris 2010, two bottles of the Tahuna Pinot Gris 2009 and two bottles of the Turning Point Pinot Gris 2009.
The Turning Point Pinot Gris 2009 is a crisp, fresh and fruit driven wine that will tantalise and surprise your taste buds. A luminous golden straw colour with a burnished copper tint. Pink lady apple and spicy pear with sublte lemon zest freshness aromas fill the tasting glass. A mouth filling wine with richness among flavours of white peach, pears, apple crumble and lemon & orange drops and pleasant white spice. A small percentage of Turning Point Pinot Gris 2009 was spent in French Oak and blended back with the remainder to further enhance its flavours.
The Orinoco Nelson Pinot Gris 2010 is the debut Pinot Gris release for Orinoco Wines, and it has been greeted with open arms. A rich and rewarding wine with bursting with aromas and flavours of Stonefruit, Peaches, Pears, Vanilla and Butterscotch. Fermented under controlled cool temperatures in stainless steel with regular lees stirring the resulting wine has delicious aromas, a rich and weighty palate complemented by a little residual sugar which gives the flavours a lift and encourages the drinker to come back for more.
The Tahuna Pinot Gris 2009, made by Sileni Estates, is a Marlborough wine which has classic aromatic peach flavours along with beautifully balanced acidity and a long finish. It is just off-dry and well suited to seafood, white meats and Asian food styles. Drink this wine young or cellar for 3-4 years, and pair it with Seafood and Asian cuisine, or drink as an aperitif with friends.
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