Waipara Pinot Gris
The Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Gris 2015/2016
Tasted in mid 2018, the 2016 vintage (5*) is a top buy. A single-vineyard wine, fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak barriques, it is pale yellow, with a fragrant, peachy, spicy, slightly honeyed bouquet. Full-bodied, it has concentrated, ripe, stonefruit flavours, showing impressive complexity, gentle sweetness (13 grams/litre residual sugar), finely balanced acidity and loads of personality. Drink now or cellar. The 2015 vintage (4*) is also a single-vineyard, barrel-fermented wine. Still youthful, it is a vibrantly fruity wine, medium-bodied, with good intensity of pear, peach and spice flavours, a sliver of sweetness (13 grams/litre residual sugar), and a distinct touch of complexity. Best drinking mid-2019+.
The Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Gris 2015 | 91/100 | 4.5 Stars
The wine is elegantly fragrant on the nose showing poached pear, white stone fruit, jasmine and lemon curd characters. The palate is juicy and vibrant, and displays youthful fruit flavours combined with fine texture and silky mouthfeel, brilliantly structured by vibrant acidity. Approachable, attractive and very tasty.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Gris 2018 | 93/100 | 5 Stars
This is gorgeously rich and opulent on the nose showing golden peach, grilled pineapple, warm spice and potpourri characters. The palate is equally impressive, displaying excellent concentration and succulent fruit intensity, backed by plush mouthfeel and a persistent silky finish. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
The Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Gris 2018 | 86/100 | 3 Stars
Quite a toasty, leesy pinot gris with subtle pear, apple, tree fruit flavours. A hint of sweetness is balanced by fine, peppery tannins on the finish. A fairly savoury style. Bob Campbell, The Real Review
The Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Gris 2019 | 94/100 | 5 Stars
Richly fruited and beautifully fragrant, the bouquet shows apricot, poached pear, orange peel and floral characters, leading to an elegantly opulent palate that's wonderfully weighted and flavoursome. It's succulent, silky and mouthfilling, making it highly enjoyable. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Waipara Pinot Gris 2020 | 95/100 | 5 stars
A superb expression of the variety; the fragrant bouquet shows grilled peach, poached pear, rockmelon and mixed spice aromas with a hint of flinty overtone. It’s equally impressive on the palate delivering excellent concentration and intensity, beautifully complemented by plush texture and refreshing acidity, finishing persistent and delicious. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Waipara Pinot Gris 2021 | 95/100 | 5 stars
Richly fruited and immensely appealing, the wine shows golden peach, mango, poached pear and mixed spice characters on the nose, leading to a sumptuous palate offering terrific weight and plush texture, finishing splendidly long and delicious. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit.
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