The nice thing about being a known wine-drinker is that people surprise you with bottles that you’ve never tried. For my birthday, I got a few bottles of wine from my parents, including this Opawa Pinot Gris from New Zealand. If you know me, you know I love - love - Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, specifically from the Marlborough region. Recently I’ve been getting into their Pinot Noirs, but New Zealand Pinot Gris is new for me, and I was so excited to dive into this bottle.
The Wine: Opawa Pinot Gris
Grape Variety: Pinot Gris
Location: Marlborough, New Zealand
Silky in texture, my first reaction to this Opawa’s Pinot Gris was “woah”. It’s clean and smooth on the nose. One of the first things I taste is kiwi. It’s not overly fruity, but there are lots of citrus flavours going on in my glass. This wine is dry, but not overly so. My glass isn’t even empty, and I’m already pouring myself more of this wine – damn – it’s that good. Opawa is a sophisticated Pinot Gris: a slow-sipping wine - one that is meant to be savoured and enjoyed. The flavours build and become more complex the more you drink it.
Pinot Gris is a grape that I’ve grown to love and I am so excited to try more of it from this region and from all wine-growing areas of New Zealand. Like Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris thrive in cooler and more moderate temperatures; so it makes sense that a country like New Zealand is producing more of it. It has become on of the country’s most popular white wines and if they all taste this good, then I can see why.
The really great thing about being gifted wine is that it gives you an opportunity to try things you might not have come across on your own. I love it when people take chances on different grape varieties from different regions; being able to try new flavours and falling in love with new wines is part of what I love about drinking wine – it’s all part of the experience.
I highly recommend Opawa’s Pinot Gris and cannot wait to buy it again.