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Pinot Gris

Obsidian Pinot Gris 2013

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

The powerful 2013 vintage is a single-vineyard wine with substantial body (14.5 per cent alcohol). Fleshy, with fresh, strong pear, lychee and spice flavours, it has excellent delicacy and depth, with a drying finish. A good food wine, it should be at its best mid-2014+

Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's 2014 Buyer's Guide to NZ Wine

Silver Medal - NZ International Wine Show 2013

Weeping Sands Pinot Gris 2012

★ ★ ★ ★1/2 (41/2 Stars)

“Youthful and delicate, the bouquet shows ripe peach, pear and floral characters. It's succulent and nicely weighted on the palate with excellent intensity and a lengthy finish. A lovely off-dry style with beautifully balanced acidity.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 20, 2012

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

Bright, very pale straw colour, pale on rim, this has a fresh, deep bouquet of lifted white and yellow stonefruits, which unfold to reveal intricate layers of honeysuckle, nuts and minerals.  Dry to taste, this has good weight and full flavours of savoury stonefruits along with spices and honey.  A slight textural graininess forms a core and line on the palate, and good acidity provides freshness and liveliness.  The flavours are carried by the phenolics to a moderately long, dry and nutty finish.  This is a dry, textural, well-weighted Pinot Gris with savoury stonefruit and nutty flavours.  Serve with Mediterranean fare over the next 3-4 years.

Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Sept. 2012

Weeping Sands Pinot Gris 2011

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“Winemaker Michael Wood doesn’t just love making powerful reds. His pinot gris’ a joy; white nectarine, ripe pear and apple aromas, just a wee hint of sweetness, clear and uncomplicated flavours.”

Jane Skilton MW, Sunday Star Times, 4 Sept. 2011

★ ★ ★ ½ (3 ½ Stars)

“The 2011 is mouthfilling and youthfull, with fresh, pure peach, pear and spice flavours ad a dryish finish. Open mid-2012.”

Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2012 

★ ★ ★ (3 Stars)

“Bright, very pale straw-yellow with a pale edge. This has a very fresh, deep nose of yellow stonefruits and pears, youthful and clear in expression. Dry to taste, the palate has good weight and presence, the flavours of stonefruits, savoury pears and minerals a little shy at this stage. Fresh acidity underlies the palate providing good liveliness and tension. The wine finishes with some fruit richness along with some alcohol warmth. A fresh, lively and weighty Pinot Grigio style that will show more richness over the next 3-4 years. Match with antipasto, seafood and poultry.”

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Oct. 2011

Weeping Sands Pinot Gris 2010

“The debut 2010 vintage was hand-picked in the Edbrooke Vineyard and made in an off-dry (5 grams/litre of residual sugar) style. Floral with pear and spice aromas, it is mouthfilling with very good depth of fresh, vibrant, citrusy, slightly appley and spicy flavours.”

Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s NZ Wine Buyers Guide 2011