Snapper Rock Pinot Gris, Marlborough

Country : New Zealand

Grape Variety : Pinot Gris

Very different in style from Italian Pinot Grigio, this is a succulent, exotically fruity white, with juicy stone fruit flavours and a fresh finish. Made by pioneering young winemaker, David Clouston.

Tasting Note : Enticingly floral on the nose, with aromas of apricot. The palate is juicy yet fresh, with ripe mandarin and stone fruit flavours wrapped in tropical fruits. The finish is lifted and dry.

Food Pairing : Aromatic Thai curries; fruity salads; scallops; langoustines.

More Info : Pinot Gris is known for producing succulent whites in Alsace, and somewhat more neutral wines in Northern Italy, where it is known as Pinot Grigio. The ubiquitous nature of Pinot Grigio and the poor quality of some of the mass-produced examples have given this grape a bit of a bad name, but be reassured – there are some fabulous examples to be had. New Zealand is a natural home for this cool-climate grape variety, and here it really gets in touch with its exotic side. New Zealand's Pinot Gris is richer, softer and more tropical in style than its Sauvignon. Snapper Rock produces a well-balanced example, which is great to pair with exotic dishes.

Winery : Snapper Rock regard themselves as pioneers in New Zealand winemaking, and are one of an exclusive band of small, boutique producers who are trialling vineyard plantings in previously unexploited areas of Marlborough. The Snapper Rock vineyard plots are planted in the cool, Southerly Ward Valley, which lends an extra minerality and freshness to the wines. Combining traditional craftsmanship with modern practices, young Kiwi winemaker, David Clouston produces wines which reflect their terroir and all that is great about Marlborough.