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The best Pinot Gris from Taste's Top Wine Awards 2019

Do you prefer rich, complex and full-bodied, or light and refreshing? The choice is yours with Pinot Gris. Master of Wine Bob Campbell shares his top Pinot Gris picks from Taste magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Taste Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.

Less than $20

Grove Mill 2018 Wairau Valley Pinot Gris Marlborough $19.99
Off/dry Pinot Gris with quite concentrated apple, pear and pineapple flavours. Fresh, vibrant wine with attractive purity and power.
Russian Jack 2018 Pinot Gris Marlborough $19.95
Intensely flavoured Pinot Gris with ripe pear, quince, apple and ginger/spice flavours and a touch of sweetness. An appealing wine with weight and richness.
Framingham 2018 Nobody's Hero Pinot Gris Marlborough $19.99
An aromatic and 'pretty' Pinot Gris with melon, pear, apple and a hint of honeysuckle flavours. A hint of sweetness but with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Martinborough Vineyard 2018 Russian Jack Pinot Gris Marlborough $19.99
Concentrated Pinot Gris in an off/dry style with canned peach, pear, pineapple and subtle citrus flavours.


Chard Farm 2017 Sur Lie Pinot Gris Central Otago $27
Dry, flavoursome Pinot Gris with a rich, mouth-filling texture and pear, apple and toasted brioche flavours. Very appealing.
Terra Sancta 2017 Bannockburn Pinot Gris Central Otago $27.95
Taut, elegant and powerful Pinot Gris with gingerbread, wet stone/mineral, ripe pear and subtle floral flavours. High energy wine that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Misha's Vineyard 2018 Dress Circle Pinot Gris Central Otago $28
Weighty Pinot Gris with fresh tree-ripened pear, honeysuckle and a suggestion of anise/spice flavours.
Greywacke 2016 Pinot Gris Marlborough $29.95
Fresh, fruity and flavoursome Pinot Gris with tree fruit/apple/pear flavours plus a seasoning of ginger, brioche and nut characters. It has an initial tease of sweetness, but finishes dry.

More than $30

Spy Valley 2017 Envoy Johnson Vineyard Pinot Gris Marlborough $34.99
Moderately sweet but beautifully balanced Pinot Gris with delicious honey, poached pear, apricot and mango flavours.
Ostler 2016 Audrey's Pinot Gris Waitaki Valley $35
Rich, intense and mouth-filling Pinot Gris with tree fruit/pear/apricot, bready yeast lees and hints of mango/tropical fruits with a thread of chalky mineral character. Off/dry.
Herzog 2017 Pinot Gris Marlborough $39
Orange-tinted wine from a lengthy period in contact with the grape skins. Dry, flavoursome Pinot Gris with quince, cherry, anise/spice and floral characters.Dry River 2017 Pinot Gris Martinborough $60
Impressively aromatic Pinot Gris with stewed apple/pear and custard on the nose while the palate delivers a slightly more savoury, toasty dimension. Seductively smooth.

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