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Pinot Gris

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The white grape rapidly growing in popularity...

  • Also known as Pinot Grigio in Italy.
  • Originally from Alsace in north east France - a dry, cool climte region.
  • Best known mutation of the more popular red grape, Pinot Noir.
  • It has grown hugely in NZ from 381 hectares in 2004 to 2447 hectares in 2018.
  • Fourth most commercially successful grape in NZ after Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Mouth-filling yet refreshing and crisp.

Pinot Gris is a grape that creates wine of varying styles from densely fruity and sweet to bone-dry and earthy. New Zealand examples will often been a little on the oily side with great fruit purity and have a little bit of a fleshy mouthfeel.

Pinot Gris has been around a while, possibly even since the middle ages. It is thought to be a mutant clone of Pinot Noir with 'Gris' referencing the grayish-blue fruit this grape possesses. Early on in production Pinot Gris was only really found in Alsace, Northern Italy and Germany but nowadays it's grown across the world and continuing to grow in popularity.

If there's a bit of spice, try with Asian. If it's fruit driven try with meat dishes that have a sweet element such as a Lamb and apricot tagine.

Key Flavours

White Peach, Cantelope, Lemon Zest, Pear, Crushed Gravel

Key Regions

Italy, USA, Germany, Australia, France, NZ

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