Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris (2020)

Retasted in mid-2020, the pale straw 2019 vintage (5*) was grown at Maraekakaho and partly (15 per cent) barrel-fermented. Invitingly scented, it is full-bodied and fleshy, with generous, vibrant, pear-like flavours, hints of lychees and spices, a distinct touch of complexity, a slightly oily texture, and a basically dry (4.7 grams/litre of residual sugar), lingering finish. Unfolding very gracefully, it offers excellent value. The 2020 vintage (4*) is pale straw, with fresh pear and spice aromas and flavours, showing a distinct touch of barrel-ferment complexity, and a dryish finish. Still unfolding, it should be at its best mid-2021+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $19 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

When to drink: 2021

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