The Crater Rim, Waipara Valley Pinot Gris (2016)

Tasted in mid-2018, the 2016 vintage (5*) is a top buy. A single-vineyard wine, fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak barriques, it is pale yellow, with a fragrant, peachy, spicy, slightly honeyed bouquet. Full-bodied, it has concentrated, ripe stone-fruit flavours, showing impressive complexity, gentle sweetness (13 grams/litre of residual sugar), finely balanced acidity and loads of personality. Drink now or cellar. The 2015 vintage (4*) is also a single-vineyard, barrel-fermented wine. Still youthful, it is a vibrantly fruity wine, medium-bodied, with good intensity of pear, peach and spice flavours, a sliver of sweetness (13 grams/litre of residual sugar), and a distinct touch of complexity. Best drinking mid-2019+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2016
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $22 NZD
Sweetness: MED/DRY
Value for Money: V+

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2019

When to drink: 2019

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