New Zealand is well known for its critically acclaimed white wines. To this legacy, we add another entrant with our Hawkshead 2021 Pinot Gris. Its delicious aromatics of vibrant lime, sweet honeysuckle perfume and hints of apricot excite first the nose and then rolls on to the palate with sumptuous weight and texture. The long lingering and ultimately refreshing finish makes it memorable.
This dry style, very aromatic Pinot Gris may well fool your palate into senses of sweet delight. Yet for all of its impressive fruit sweetness this much loved Central Otago Pinot Gris still only has one gram of residual sugar. The clean, fresh fruit-driven notes make this wine absolutely memorable.
A Central Otago Pinot Gris with x-factor.
Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Silver Medal, Top Ranked - 16 out of 81 (Pinot Gris of NZ)
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding
Bright, even pale yellow. The wine possesses clean and pure, soft aromas of lemon balm, Nashi pear, opening up to quince paste and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, good concentration and weight on the palate, very crisp fruit aromas of Nashi pear, lemon balm and quince melded with ginger and verbena, lily and honeysuckle linger and growing in depth. Balance and gentle acidity is integrated, unfolding a hint of grapefruit pith. The flavours are harmonious with richness and depth. Match with pulled pork and gyoza over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from 45% Gibbston 55% Cromwell Basin, fermented with 80% indigenous yeast and 20% inoculated to 13.5% alc, 1 g/l RS. Rested on lees for 4 months, 20% older French oak barrique & 80% stainless steel. Dec 2021
Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Excellent to Outstanding
Dusty minerality, pear, apricot, fruit pastilles, real interest here. Classic stonefruit characters, cashew nut, a honeyed note yet not sweet with a spicy finish. Great fruit intensity and richness; a line of acid running through this to keep it fresh. Lovely balance and sheer drinkability, fruit sweet yet dry. Delicious.
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2022 Edition
Outstanding, Gold Medal Standard
The delicious 2021 vintage (5*) was hand-picked at Gibbston (45 per cent) and in the Cromwell Basin (55 per cent), and 20 per cent of the blend was handled in seasoned oak barriques. Matured on its yeast lees for four months, it is attractively scented and weighty, with deep, ripe pear and lychee flavours, slightly spicy notes, excellent vibrancy, delicacy and poise, and a lingering, rounded, fully dry (1 gram/litre of residual sugar) finish. Best drinking 2023+.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type
A terrific rendition of the variety, showing Nashi pear, rockmelon, apricot and rich floral aromas on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate offering excellent weight and plush mouthfeel. Silky and flowing with a persistent delectable finish. At its best: now to 2029.
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Sub-Region: 45% Gibbston, 55% Cromwell Basin
Colour: Pale lemon
2021 Pinot Gris is singing of lime, tangy citrus with perfumed sweet honeysuckle, and a hint of apricot. Those aromatics fulfil their promise on the palate. Sumptuous fruit flavours, gentle acidity, slight mineral tones and a richly textured, elegant mouthfeel give the wine great length.
This dry style, very aromatic Pinot Gris displays impressive fruit sweetness and will fool your palate. It has only 1 gram of residual sugar per litre.
Our Pinot Gris will dance over your palate with the poise and tension of an accomplished ballet dancer and the long lingering, refreshing finish will make it memorable.
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw