Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris is a success story. It is now the fourth most planted variety in the country with around 2,500 ha, ahead of Merlot and Riesling. However, there still seems to be some residual resistance by New Zealand winegrowers and winemakers forwards Pinot Gris, thinking that the variety produces bland wines, and that they are ‘populist’ without true nobility. This may have been the case with the earlier releases, but the situation is very different now, with producers realising the need to treat the variety as carefully as they do in crafting top Pinot Noir. Afterall, they are genetically the same! With lower yields and sensitive vinification inputs, the best wines have good complexity and textures. For a number of years, Palliser Estate has had a strong Pinot Gris expression in their premium label. They now release their first Pinot Gris under the more accessible ‘Pencarrow’ tier. Here is my review of the wine. www.palliser.co.nz


  • Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Gris 2013

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