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Clearview Estate Pinot Gris one of NZ’s best

Clearview Estate Pinot Gris one of NZ’s best

Dish magazine has declared Clearview Estate Winery’s 2013 Haumoana Pinot Gris as one of the country’s best!

The national upmarket food magazine’s tasting panel blind tasted 160 pinot gris produced in New Zealand and, from those, selected Clearview’s entry as number four, awarding it four and half stars (out of five).

One of the judges, Nikolai St George was impressed with the wine’s dry style, with its “lift of florals, lime, lychee and pawpaw”, while another, Jane Boyle noted an “interesting nuttiness”. Cameron Douglas, a Master Sommelier, said he found the wine “had a bit of funk”.

Overall, the judges who also included Hawke’s Bay’s Yvonne Lorkin, James Rowan and Jane Skilton MW, said “there was no denying the appeal and drinkability of this charming, mildly spicy, mineral-edged wine.”

Clearview Estate winemaker and co-owner Tim Turvey says the minerality was largely due to the location of the vineyard the grapes came from, on the gravel banks of the Tukituki River just out of Haumoana.

“We’ve used those vines since we started making this wine in 2011 and it’s proving a flavour profile that gives our pinot gris a winning distinction,” he says.

The grapes were hand-picked and gently whole bunch pressed. Not many wineries would spend the extra money to handpick, but Tim believes this adds finesse and structure to the inherent rich flavours of the grapes.

A full list of winners can be found in the October – November issue of Dish that came out on sale this week.

Dish is a New Zealand food magazine full of inspiring and achievable recipes using fresh, seasonal produce. With beautiful photography and design, it also showcases artisan food producers, chefs, gourmet destinations and products.


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