Selected for the Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Local heroes and star North Canterbury winery Greystone consistently produce one of New Zealand's very best Pinot Gris.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Ripe, mineral with balance, flow and length. Picked at relatively low brix for elegance and site expression, this is a drier style of Pinot Gris. Pre-pressing maceration of 5 hours at ambient temperatures, before settling for two days. Fermented mainly in tank (8% barrel ) at low temperatures through to dryness. Minimal lees stirring post-ferment allows the minerality to feature and the wild barrel fermentation adds different layers of texture and complexity."
Reviews for the 2020 vintage below…
Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Ripe, weighty and richly scented bouquet with aromas of white nectarine and pear, apple and white peach, flowers and honeysuckle. Moments of white spice and white soil adding complexity and depth. Equally weighty on the palate with a creamy satin texture, medium+ acidity, softly spoken spice moments and a core of ripe white fleshed fruits to reflect the bouquet. Luscious and lengthy, balanced and delicious. Drink now nd through 2025+."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, December 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Moderately intense pinot gris with typical ripe pear and honeysuckle flavours together with a savoury, toasty and nutty character from contact with the yeast lees. A smooth-textured and accessible wine with a lingering finish"
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"At its best, this is one of the finest Pinot Gris in the country. Full of youthful vigour, the 2020 vintage was handled mostly in tanks (5 per cent was barrel-aged). Light yellow/green, it is scented, full-bodied and rich, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit flavours, finely balanced acidity and a dry, lasting finish. Best drinking 2023+. Certified organic."