Matawhero Pinot Gris 2011 Gisborne· Written Wine Reviews
Aug 7th, 2012 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Written Wine Reviews
Matawhero Pinot Gris 2011 Gisborne
Gisborne is not the place you’d expect Pinot Gris to be grown, actually Gisborne is all but forgotten about when people talk about the wine regions of New Zealand. One feels that the region has a long way to go to get back on the tip of people’s tongues.
Matawhero have seen the highs and lows of the region. Initially established as a grape grower in 1968, and by the mid 1970s they soon started making their own wine, under the Matawhero label. In 2008 the young enterprising Searle family bought it. Gisborne has come a long way since, and Gisborne winemaking and viticulture has also progressed.
Gisborne’s climate is not what one would call cool climate, actually it’s very Mediterranean. Bathed in sunshine during Summer, and just as wet as the rest of NZ during Winter. So how does Pinot Gris fair in this climate?
Matawhero Pinot Gris 2011 definitely tastes of sunshine. The white fleshed peach gives it sweetness, slmost too much and too obvious, but fortunately the palate is held together by some youthful citrus acidity. Hints of Summer spill from the bottle as soon as it’s opened, this finishes once the last drop is drunk.