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Pinot Gris

Go back five years, and most of the New World examples of this grape were Grigio wannabes – light, fresh and for the most part not very interesting.

But more recently we’ve started to see more complexity, ambition and texture in these wines, without being stuffed with residual sugar. It’s all rather heartening, and with sommeliers gradually coming round to the idea that New World PG has something genuinely good to offer suggests that we could continue to see the medal count here rise for the next few years.

Star performer – as usual – was New Zealand. In fact, you could argue that Pinot Gris, not Riesling or Chardonnay, ought to be their second white grape variety. Oregon looks seriously exciting, while Australia – which used to go toe to toe with the Kiwis – seems to have more or less given up.

From The Tasting Teams

‘The cheaper ones here failed, as there wasn’t enough in them, but there were some really good examples from New Zealand and the US. The strength here seems to be in that richer style.’ Charlie Young, team leader

‘These are definitely worthy of being on a wine list. Those from New Zealand had a bit more of a lighter and floral style that I particularly liked, while I didn’t enjoy the richer styles as much.’ Sarah McKenzie, Nut Tree Inn

‘These were very varied, both in terms of pricing and style. Some were quite opulent in an Alsatian way, while others were much more ethereal. It’s a very valuable and valid category.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘A huge discrepancy in styles, with a couple of really brilliant wines – and the cheaper ones were sometimes the better ones. There’s good scope here, and from many different countries.’ Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘These are crowd-pleasers. It was a very interesting flight, particularly those from New Zealand and Oregon.’ Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester

Award winners

Found 13 wines

New World: Pinot Gris

Esk Valley, Pinot Gris 2019, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'Very broad, perfumed and pleasant, with fine tropical and yellow plum notes, this is zingy in character, but with a very subtle and refined palate, and with a welcome gentle bitterness.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'Complex aromas with citrus and green fruit inflections, and hints of slate and cream, with acidity giving real backbone, along with a great mineral edge. Great as a complement to seafood.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin.

£8.09 Hatch Mansfield

Foley Family Vineyards, Acrobat, Pinot Gris 2017, Oregon, USA

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

'A very complex wine with very intense and layered notes, some citrus and tropical notes, and a waxy, banana-leaf character, helped by superb acidity and formidable minerality.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A great nose dripping with sweet pear juice, spice, quince, nuts and cream. This is lavish and luscious, with underlying oak giving creaminess and depth, yet it remains lively and vibrant.' Angela Reddin, team leader.

£14.47 Matthew Clark

Foley Family Vineyards, Vavasour, Pinot Gris 2018, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'Aromatics of red apple, lychee and white peach give way to a silky, textural palate with fresh, lively flavours. This is finely balanced, with great length on the finish.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London. 'Very opulent and tropical in style, with super-ripe and extracted fruit.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£10.53 Matthew Clark

Yealands Estate, Single Vineyard, Pinot Gris 2018, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Some classic Pinot Gris aromas of pear, melons and hints of exotic spices here, leading to a concentrated and rich palate with a long, harmonious finish. The bright fruit is complemented by subtle lees-influenced characters too.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London. 'A clean citrus character, with some waxed lemon notes.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£11.36 Enotria&Coe

A to Z Wineworks, Pinot Gris 2018, Oregon, USA

Bronze medal winner

'A super-friendly wine with a soft and expressive nose, leading to a creamy palate. One to serve with ceviche, Indian food or shellfish.' Alonso Abed, Trivet. 'Well-made, with ripe stone fruit, mango and dried papaya notes, leading to a lifted palate with more fruit, driving acid and a cleansing finish.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester.

£14.81 Bibendum

Circa, Pinot Grigio 2018, New South Wales, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Characterful aromatics, with peach, pear and hints of sweeter apricots, and some green, spicy characters coming through on the finish. A fresh, easy-drinking style at a good price point that would work well by the glass at the entry level.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin. 'Delicate ripeness balanced by refreshing acidity.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London.

£6.24 Bibendum

Mt Difficulty Wines, Roaring Meg, Pinot Gris 2018, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Huia, Pinot Gris 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£13.43 Bibendum

Prophet's Rock, Pinot Gris 2018, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£21.44 Bibendum

Yealands, The Crossings, Pinot Gris 2019, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Urlar, Pinot Gris 2017, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£12.85 Enotria&Coe

Grounded Cru, Pinot Gris 2018, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Giesen, Vineyard Selection, Pinot Gris 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£9.40 Bibendum

 

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