Peter Robertson has spent a lifetime honing an Alsatian sensibility, producing this little gem well before Madame Gris became quite so fashionable. With its vivacious, dry, aromatic palate and lively acidity, this is lighter and more floral than its counterparts from Alsace.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"All the grapes come from Ohiti Estate which is owned by Brookfields Vineyards, and is situated in an inland heat trap on the former bed of the old Ngaruroro River. Trained on classical VSP trellis system, on arid alluvial soils, the Pinot Gris ripens well, producing clean fruit with full flavours, good extract, and moderate acid. The 2018 growing season was hot and dry, hence the flavour development is concentrated.
Full of fresh aromatics and flavours – pear, peach, spice, ginger are complimented with a hint of Manuka honey. While the 2018 Robertson Pinot Gris is nearly dry (5 g/L residual sugar), the flavours are elevated thus making it an excellent food wine."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"The wine is instantly appealing on the nose showing apricot, poached pear, blossom and subtle spice characters, leading to a succulent palate that is plump and fleshy. It is juicy and smooth with youthful charm and delectable flavours, finishing long and satisfying. At its best: now to 2020."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"This label originated in the early 1980s. Handled without oak, the 2018 vintage was tank-fermented and lees-aged. Full-bodied and dry (4 grams/litre of residual sugar), with a light touch of tannin, it has good concentration of fresh, ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, youthful and finely balanced. Best drinking mid-2020+."