Our Pinot Gris is slightly fuller-bodied, and tastes of pears and spice with a lingering finish.

2011 Pinot Gris

The blend of fruit from the sub-regions of the well-known Marlborough gives vibrant yet elegant flavoured wine with distinct characters. The DRIFT Pinot Gris shows subtle aromas of tropical fruits, dried pears and sweet spice with complimentary hints of pineapple and red apple fruit. A full flavoured palate, with apple and pear juice likeness and a subtle lychee character, lingering flavours with a zesty fresh acidity. MEMORABLE.

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The Vineyard

The Awatere Valley has a unique character, shaped by strong coastal winds, low rainfall, intense sunshine and cool nights. The Wairau Valley with its abundant sunshine, long autumns and crisp, cool winters has proven to provide the elements needed to produce world class wines. The blend of fruit from these sub-regions of the Marlborough gives vibrant yet elegant avoured wine with a distinctive character. After the low-yielding 2010 vintage, 2011 produced good yields with excellent intensity of avour courtesy of healthy winter rains and consistently warm weather in the lead-up to harvest.

The Winemaking

The parcels of Pinot Gris were harvested separately, the fruit crushed, chilled and lightly pressed. The batches were then cold settled, then racked and fermented at cool temperatures to retain optimal fruit characters, assisted in part by the use of selected yeast strains. The wine was left on lees for two weeks to add roundness to palate, and was then blended, stabilised and filtered, and bottled early to retain fresh varietal characteristics.

The Wine

The 2011 DRIFT Pinot Gris displays distinctive aromas of apples, musk and sweet spices. The palate is full flavoured with apple and pear flavours dominant and subtle savoury notes in support.  The flavour linger as the wine nishes with zesty, fresh acidity.

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  • Michael Hince, Jan 2014

    But first, this week’s Wine-of-the-Week is a Drift 2013 Pinot Gris from Drift Wines in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand - alc 13.5% Screw cap, RRP$ $15.45 available through Vignerons-of-the-World.
    This is one of the best Pinot Gris I have had in yonks – pure, pristine, well-handled fruit that, both on the nose and palate, zings with fresh, fruity aromatics and a dry textural, lip-smacking fuzziness.
    It outclasses many an Aussie counterpart with its integrated, subtle melange of pear- apple –and lychee fruits with a hint of pineapple and a zesty acidity.
    Balance, texture, elegance and weight harmonise to make this a memorable wine – especially with spicy Thai food - and especially at the ridiculously low price of $15.45 – worth grabbing at least half a dozen while you are at it – More Please!

  • Winefront, Campbell Mattinson, Jan 2014

    Pinot Gris from the Awatere Valley sub-region of Marlborough. Beautiful country up that way. As indeed can be said of the whole region. The has a sweet gewurz-like edge to it. Flavours of lychee and Turkish delight make a clear impression. It’s otherwise all apples, spice and melon. Quite full-bodied, as a gris should be. Fruit sweetness here will either attract or repel, depending on your preference. Best served well chilled.

  • Michael Southern, Feb 2014

    The Drift Pinot Gris has a full flavoured palate with layers of lime, almond and soft pear characters, as well as aromas of apples and cinnamon.  Time on lees provides a textural richness to the mid palate which lingers with a zesty finish.

  • Shepparton News, Jan 2012

    Value for money, this is a ripper that over delivers. More surprising is the nose and finish evident from earlier picking - you could mistake it for Grigio on a blind tasting.  Lively aromatics come at you with a little citrus and green apple, and classic pear is there.  The fruit is still quite generous, with rich apricot hiding behind the pear characters.  It's backed by cleansing acidity on the finish.  It's easy drinking and one that doesn't demand any concentration at all.  A delight to take to any dinner party and guaranteed to please the crowd.  Look out for it at your local bottle shop as its popularity is growing fast.  It's ranked the fifth-largest seller in the $15+ segment.