Georges Road 2016 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2014 Rose and Pinot Noir, and Syrah 2015 and 2016

22-Jun-2017
It has been a little while since I caught up with the Georges Road Waipara wines of Kirk Bray. Being a sole-charge operator Kirk is a busy man running all aspects of his wine venture. He tells me he is still doing a little consulting for a small number of clients. In the meantime, he has built an on-site winery and a tasting room serving as a cellar door, which is fir Kirk, a dream come true. His 8 ha vineyard, rectangular in shape, provides him with his Pinot Gris and Syrah, as well as his Riesling, the latter taking up 4 ha. The Pinot Noir comes from the ‘Williams’ vineyard next to Black Estate. Kirk has decided to halve the amount of Riesling, taking out 2ha, with the view to replanting Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. The broadening of the portfolio will add interest and strength to his range. Here, I review his current releases, the 2016 Rosé and Pinot Gris, the 2014 Riesling, the 2014 Riesling for another look, plus the 2015 and 2016 Syrahs, the 2015 sold out now due to the small crop. www.georgesroadwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Georges Road ‘Les Terrasses’ Waipara Rosé 2016
  • Georges Road ‘Selection’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2016
  • Georges Road ‘Block Three’ Waipara Riesling 2014
  • Georges Road ‘Williams Hill’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2014
  • Georges Road ‘Block One’ Waipara Syrah 2015
  • Georges Road ‘Block One’ Waipara Syrah 2016

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