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Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge
2016 Pinot Gris, Hawke’s Bay

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork Vegetables

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12% RS: .62%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.99

Fern Ridge
2016 Pinot Gris, Hawke’s Bay

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork Vegetables

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12% RS: .62%
Pale straw color. Musty aromas and flavors of overripe peach and melon and brown grass with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of honeyed brazil nut, Asian pear, and balsa. A honeyed, earthy pinot gris for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Funky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: overripe peach and melon and brown grass
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of honeyed brazil nut, Asian pear, and balsa
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Acorn Squash Soup, Proscuitto and Melon, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A honeyed, earthy pinot gris for the table.

The Producer

Fern Ridge Wines Ltd

The Producer
27 Napier Road
Havelock North, 4122
New Zealand
64 -68343888

Their Portfolio

Pinot Gris

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but when a wine is identified as a Pinot Gris, it is generally a more full-bodied, more complex, more age-worthy wine.

The best examples of Pinot Gris come from Alsace in northeastern France and Oregon. These wines are have excellent weight on the palate, good acidity and ripe apple and pear fruit with a distinct spiciness and a dry finish. Most examples are aged only in steel, but some producers in Alsace will age Pinot Gris in large, older wooden casks, which can add a touch of spice as well as additional texture.

There are also some sweeter versions of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace; these are labeled as vendange tardives or grains nobles.

There are also versions of Pinot Gris from the far northwestern Italian region of Valle d'Aosta as well as from California.

Consume most versions of Pinot Gris at an early age, from two to five years. The finest versions of Alsatian Pinot Gris (from Grand Cru vineyards) can be enjoyed at 15-20 years of age.

Food pairings that work well with Pinot Gris include smoked fish, sushi, Asian cuisine, chicken with cream sauce or veal, pork or poultry with mushrooms.