Michael Cooper has dedicated his latest column in The Listener to the incredible surge in quantity and quality of New Zealand Pinot Gris.
Pinot gris is now New Zealand’s third most widely planted white-wine variety, trailing only sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Exports have risen seventeen-fold over the past five years and now exceed 200,000 cases.
With pinot gris – as with sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and merlot – winemakers have discovered a classic variety that, overall, performs better here than in Australia.
Winestate magazine’s Wine of the Year Awards bring together leading wines from both sides of the Tasman. Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2009 won the 2009 trophy for champion pinot gris, followed by Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Gris 2008 and Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2008.
Low-vigour soils are ideal since small crops are needed to build the concentrated, ripe stonefruit and spice flavours of fine pinot gris.
Read the entire article here.