Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
“Along our shores holding fast to the rocks at low tide is the seaweed Durvillea, named after the captain of the Astrolabe, Dumont D’Urville. For me this seaweed defines the ruggedness of our rocky coast.
The Durvillea Pinot Gris is made in a dry style from grapes harvested at precisely the right moment to preserve the purity and intensity of flavour in my winemaking.
Aromas of peach, light pear, citrus peel and a hint of spice. The palate is medium-bodied with pear and peach flavours, mineral texture and a long finish.”
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Retasted in August 2020, the bargain-priced 2019 vintage was mostly (62 per cent) grown in the Awatere Valley, but also in the Southern Valleys and at Kekerengu. Pale and fragrant, it is full-bodied, with good depth of pear and peach flavours, gentle spicy notes, and a dry (3.9 grams/litre of residual sugar), smooth finish. It’s drinking well now."
90/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 Vintage)
"A fragrant, floral, youthful expression with aromas of white flowers and crisp green pear, there’s a white peach and crunchy apple layer then white pepper. Just dry on the plate with a satin texture and flavours that reflect the bouquet. Acidity adds contrast and crunch. Well made with a balanced, even finish. Ready to drink from today and through 2023."
90/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2019 Vintage)
"Gently aromatic pinot gris, with impressively pure, ripe Nashi pear, apple and bready yeast lees flavours. A dry and refreshing wine that’s like biting into a chilled, tree-ripened pear."