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.
Our 2021 Pinot Gris has just been released and awaiting feedback from our trusted tasting panel- but in the meantime here are our 2020 Hawkshead Pinot Gris Reviews.....
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94/100pts, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type
A wonderful expression of the variety; the inviting bouquet shows ripe apricot, poached pear, fig and subtle spice notes, leading to a gorgeously rounded palate offering terrific concentration and persistency. It's fleshy and delicious. At its best: now to 2026.
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Review
19/20 pts (93 pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding - Rated Top 20 Pinot Gris 2021
Hawkshead Pinot Gris 2020, Central Otago. Brilliant, bright straw-yellow with some depth and slight lime hue, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and pretty, slowly growing in volume, nuances of green apple, pear entwine honeysuckle and subtle warming spices. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is unctuous and bright, flavours of green apple, pear accompanied by sun-dried apricot. Pretty fragrances of honeysuckle interweave delicate spices, leaves a tingle sensation on the palate. The fruit ripeness is just right with brilliant concentration underlined lacy acidity, provide freshness, carry mineral crunch through the palate, lifted spices linger on a long and elegant closing. This is an elegant, dry Pinot Gris with superb balance, showing aromas of apricots and tree fruit, subtle honeysuckle and warming spices on an unctuous mouthfeel. Match with pulled pork and siu mai over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from 36% Gibbston and 64% Lowburn. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented 90% in stainless steel and 10% in older barrels to 13.5% alc, 2 g/l RS. Aged on lees for 4 months. Oct 2020.
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition
Outstanding, Gold Medal Standard
The impressive 2020 vintage (5*) was hand-picked at Gibbston (36 per cent) and Lowburn (64 per cent), and mostly handled in tanks; 10 per cent of the blend was fermented in seasoned oak barrels. Matured on its yeast lees for four months, it's a ripely scented, weighty wine with fresh, concentrated stonefruit flavours, gently spicy notes, a distinct touch of complexity and a dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar), very harmonious finish. Rich and finely textured, it's already delicious, but likely to be at its best from 2022 onwards.
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.
Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Silver Medal, Top Ranked - 16 out of 81 (Pinot Gris of NZ)
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Sub-Region: 45% Gibbston, 55% Cromwell Basin
Colour: Pale lemon
Flavour Profile: 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.
Winemaking Comments: The Pinot Gris was hand-harvested and selected from 7th to 19th of April. The wine was whole bunch pressed and fermented in both older oak barrels (20%) and stainless steel tanks.
Both Indigenous (80%) and inoculated (20%) yeast fermented the wine over six weeks, then the wine rested on its lees for four months to build up texture before being racked and filtered for clarification before bottling. The wine drinks beautifully now but will continue to age for 5-8 years. Not fined and Vegan Friendly
Wine Analysis: pH 3.330 TA 6.1 g/L Alc 13.5% Res Sugar: 1g/L
Bottling Date: 30th September 2021
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw