New Zealand, Pinot Gris, villa Maria, East Coast, Private Bin, 2015

N/ Green apples, steamed hay, sun bleached river rocks, beach sand, fresh rain, wet cement.

T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Tart honeysuckle and crisp apple flavors dominate but light citrus, pear, and gooseberry flavors do play.

Quite an unexpected complexity in the fruit profile compared with typical pinot gris.

Soft mineral notes and another bite of honeysuckle close her.

When chilled slightly further than you normally would, this is a very refreshing wine – and complex for the price point.

From a first taste of the evening to a nice pairing with shellfish or fish, this wine over delivers.

Winemakers = Helen Morrison and Nick Picone

Price = ~$15

N = A-
T = A
I = A
Overall = A

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“The fruit for this wine was grown in the Marlborough, Gisborne and Waipara winegrowing regions. Vineyards across these regions offer a diversity of soil types ranging from free draining gravelly soils to silty clay, contributing to the complexity of aromatics and flavour in the finished wine. To ensure excellent intensity of flavour and ripeness levels, low yields are maintained with sufficient fruit exposure.”

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