New Zealand has firmly established itself as one of the wine industry’s pillars of quality in the New World. Twenty years ago it took the wine world by storm with its nervy, fresh style of Sauvignon Blanc, serving notice to the nation’s potential as a wine producer. Now for its second act with respect to white wine, New Zealand has turned its attention to Pinot Gris and the results may turn out to be equally fantastic. The cooler vineyard sites within the Hawke’s Bay region showcase Pinot Gris with its classic rich tropical flavors and oily texture, but the finest wines also achieve a level of complexity and vibrancy that allows them to stand out amongst other fine examples from France’s Alsace region.
The 2014 Tuhi Pinot Gris introduces itself with a bright platinum color. The aromatics weave together rich white peach and lemon oil with brighter citric and floral nuances. Full and textured but never cloying, the palate showcases both melon and tropical flavors alongside crisper nuances of lemon and lime. Pulsing minerality and acidity persist on the finish, giving the wine a very refreshing approachable style.