Embracing the Pinot Cousins

The Pinot 'cousins' Noir and Gris continue to be popular and finally it seems we're discovering or re-discovering Riesling. Here are three excellent reasons to embrace them all.

2012 Big Sky Pinot Noir

Jeremy Corban brings a famous and highly respected family wine name to he and partner Katherine Jacob's excellent Martinborough Pinot Noir. From vines planted in 1999 this is one of those wines that exemplify all that is seductive about Pinot from New Zealand's first major Pinot producing region. Dry herb, savoury red fruit flavours and ultra smooth on the palate, this is a classy wine.
$36 to $40

2013 Amisfield Pinot Gris

Probably, (and who can blame them) still basking in the afterglow of Prince William and Catherine paying a visit for a vineyard restaurant lunch and a taste of wines from Central Otago. This one is bound to have been on the list as it's a perfect example of how Pinot Gris should be made. Lots of layers of aromatics...pear, nectarine, spice and lavender with a lovely mouth-filling richness.

(They do a great Pinot Noir at Amisfield as well). $30

2013 Urlar Riesling

From one of those boutique family owned Gladstone producers whose commitment to quality, consistency and smart realistic pricing is really paying off. There's a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir that deserve attention, and this dryish Riesling is a gem. Searing lime and mandarin flavours with a moreish mineral thread of refreshing acidity, delicious with strong seafood dishes or medium curries.

All of the above wines are available to purchase online for a limited time at www.heraldwine.co.nz, courtesy of Glengarry and GrabOne Bottle.

John Hawkesby - Canvas Wine

- NZ Herald

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