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New World: Pinot Gris

2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 0 Bronze: 4 Commended: 4
2015 Gold: 1 Silver: 1 Bronze: 3 Commended: 4

Slowly but surely, the New World is starting to get a handle on Pinot Gris. Over half of the Varietal Classic Pinot Grigios (in the Essentials section of the competition) were non-European and this was the variety’s best performance to date here as well.

Three places on the Gold List was a good effort – and it was interesting to see that our tasters didn’t seem over-fazed by the pricing. Quality and balance, it seems, are more important than necessarily being able to hit a price point. Presumably, if the public want a bottle of The Gridge, they’re prepared to pay for it.

We might have expected New Zealand to do well here – for many commentators it’s been the most promising white grape after Sauvignon and Chardonnay for a while, and with two Golds and a Bronze the producers certainly seem to understand it better than Riesling.

But Australia’s performance was a pleasant surprise. There’s been the occasional medal with this grape down the years for the Aussies, but a first-ever Gold and two more to back it up meant that we should perhaps expect a bit more from the country down the years with PG.


‘Most were in an Alsace style, or taking it in that direction. There was richness and ripeness of fruit with a little bit of residual sugar. It’s quite a crowd-pleasing style.’ Natasha Hughes MW, team leader

‘I think it’s the first flight that we’ve all agreed on.’ Luciana Girotto Beckett, consultant

‘It would be nice to see a few dry ones, but on the whole they were well balanced. The ones with a bit more sweetness work well with a soft cheese.’ Charlie Young, Vinoteca

‘Coming from my St John background, roast pork and Pinot Gris would be perfect. They have the weight to cope.’ Jade Koch, team leader

“These were better value than Alsace.” Georgi Mihov, Bohemia Bar and Restaurant

Award winners

Found 11 wines

New World: Pinot Gris

Ceres, Swansong, Pinot Gris 2015, Central Otago, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'Complex, fruity and herbal on the nose and palate, which is complex, peppery and long,' began Gustavo Medina of Tate Britain of Ceres' Gold winner, with Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering noting: 'Soft and amiable aromas, attractive fruity finish. By the glass or with light summer salads.' Team leader Tom Forrest hoedg in on the oily pear and ginger spice notes, concluding: 'Great balance and acidity.'

£15.20 Matthew Clark

Ara, Single Estate, Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

With its exotic notes and heady hints of gingery spice, this rich Gold winner proved popular, with 'plenty of character'. 'Intense pear and tropical fruit aromas, good, complex, balanced palate showing savoury, mineral, spicy and white fruit characters,' said Vinoteca's Charlie Young, while Alexandru Pastrav of Fenchurch Sky Garden also noted 'mineral notes, lime and tangerine fruit'.

£10.05 Bibendum

Accolade Wines, Bay of Fires, Pinot Gris 2015, Tasmania, Australia

Gold medal winner

'With its lovely green spice on the nose – curry leaf and green pepper – this has a nice roundness and good balance, making it a strong food wine, particularly with Asian flavours,' said an approving Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants. Meanwhile team leader Natasha Hughes MW found 'rose petals and spiced pears' on the nose, followed by 'mid-palate weight and an oily texture, brisk acid with apricot notes and some complexity and length'. 'Lovely, intense fruit finish,' added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering of this worthy Gold winner.

£11.05 Matthew Clark

Yealands, Estate, Single Vineyard, Pinot Gris 2015, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Round, supple palate, rich spiced pear fruit showing a definite Alsace influence,' began team leader Natasha Hughes MW, concluding: 'Nicely balanced and pretty, with a perfumed finish.'

£9.82 Enotria&Coe

Trapiche, Melodías, Pinot Grigio 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

'Zesty, peachy and aromatic, with freshness on the finish. Elegant, grippy and great value,' began John Giffrin of China Tang at The Dorchester, while team leader Jade Koch noted: 'Pear, honeysuckle, jasmine, very quaffable and a good alternative.'

£6.05 Enotria&Coe

Accolade Wines, Starve Dog Lane, Pinot Gris 2014, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Complex citrus on the nose with an almost woody touch, medium body on a well-balanced palate showing citrus fruit and slight vanilla notes,' said Georgi Mihov of Bohemia Bar and Restaurant.

£10.16 Matthew Clark

Heirloom, Pinot Grigio 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Very buttery on the nose, with vegetal notes and fennel herb on the palate, which is intense and long,' began consultant Luciana Girotto-Beckett, while Fenchurch Sky Garden's Alexandru Pastrav highlighted its 'layers of aroma and texture'.

£15.27 Liberty Wines

Errazuriz , Estate Series, Pinot Grigio 2015, Aconcagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

MacMurray, Russian River Valley, Pinot Gris 2013, Sonoma County, California, USA

Commended medal winner

£9.52 Enotria&Coe

Tinpot Hut, Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough , New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£9.55 Liberty Wines

Babich, Rongopai, Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£7.50 Molson Coors


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