Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, two sides of the same coin coming from the same grape variety but very different in style, Pinot Grigio tends to be typically lighter in style with its crisp vibrant stone fruit style, where as Pinot Gris tends to be a richer more full bodied with a slightly viscous or oily in texture which is very popular in the Alsace region of France. This particular bottle is from New Zealand’s Nelson on the shores of the Tasman bay just to the west of Marlborough and probably the Islands sunniest spot. I’ve been lucky enough to taste some pretty good wines lately and this offering from Waimea is no different, this is a well made beautifully textured wine and a delight to drink.
Waimea Pinot Gris 2018
Partially fermented in French oak and matured on Lees this initially starts off bright and lively with great acidity and then changes to a rich creamy honeyed delight. Initially there was lots of orchard fruits predominately pears and apples giving it a lovely crisp feel but slowly more tropical fruits peach and apricots start to take over. The finish is rich and creamy, with a floral and honey flavour with a tinge of spice.
Never been disappointed with Waimea all of their wines are a real treat and at a reasonable £10.99 (for a wine of this quality) from Majestic I’d say it’s money very well spent, grab a bottle quick !