2020 Kumeu River Pinot Gris

93 Points John Caro
In stock
A delicious but 'serious' Pinot Gris from the masters at Kumeu River. They are world famous for Chardonnay but their Pinot Gris is also a high-achiever. Close to dry but richly textured, Kumeu has been doing this somewhat Alsatian style for years...from vines that only get older and better. With no oak but good lees contact, this is mouth-filling and weighty with beautiful perfume as well. Versatile and tasty - serious gear for Gris lovers and everyone else.
$25.99 in mixed 6+ or $28.99 per bottle


Pinot Gris

Its Origins

In 1938 Maté Brajkovich arrived in New Zealand with his parents, who settled in Kumeu and in 1944 bought a small vineyard which would later become Kumeu River wines. For a few decades Maté mostly made simple fortified and sparkling wines. It wasn't until 1982 however, when Matés son Michael took over, that the wines would really start to turn heads. Michael and his siblings began to transform the vineyard and vinification practices to more considered, traditional ways, with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious use of oak and only using the wild yeast present in the vineyard to bring a sharper definition of terroir into the wines. Matés vineyard is the original land bought in 1944, re-planted by Maté just before his death with low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay in 1990.

What The Critics Say

Bob Campbell MW

"Crisp, tangy, high-energy pinot gris with green apple, pear and subtle white flower flavours supported by assertive acidity and very fine tannins." Drink 2021 - 2025

93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)

"Very attractive bouquet with enticing aromatic of pure white fleshed fruits and spice, thick skinned Asian pear then red and golden apple. These aromas turn into pristine and precise flavours on the palate with a lush core of fruit, contrasting acid line and lengthy finish. Delicious!"

Variety Pinot Gris
Region Auckland & Waiheke Island
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2021 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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