Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose of stone fruits, think peach and the like. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice peach coming through! On the medium finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity and some nice mouth grip as the wine builds in the mouth. This is a spot on Pinot Gris, just the way I like them. Should be super food friendly too. This is another one from the New Zealand wine fair. I would give it an 88+
From the winery’s web site:
LAWSON’S DRY HILLS PINOT GRIS 2016
Region: Marlborough New Zealand
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.55 RS: 6.8g/L TA: 5.4g/L Brix: 22 – 22.4
The majority of the fruit for this wine is from our own Waihopai Valley vineyard. It was cropped at low levels to achieve concentrated flavours and a rich, weighty texture. 10% of the juice was fermented with wild yeast in aged French oak. Aromas include freshly sliced nashi pear, lemon curd and almond meal whilst the palate which is just off-dry, add ripe, juicy stonefruit characters.
Cellaring: Enjoy whilst young or cellar for two to four years.
Food Match: Perfect with rich cheeses, roast pork with a pear sauce, creamy pastas, poultry and seafoods.
From the LCBO web site for a different year:
Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2014 — VINTAGES#: 415158 | 750 mL bottle
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pinot Gris is grown nearly everywhere in New Zealand, with more aromatic versions emerging from the cooler South Island. Despite regional variation, the vast majority of NZ PG is closer in style to Alsace, with great focus on texture and complexity. This example from Marlborough is complex, rich and ripe with lots of tropical fruit, honey, good weight, length and texture. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2014) $14.25