The Old Fire Station, Old Market, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Kumeu River, Estate Pinot Gris

Founded in 1944 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. Still family owned and run, Kumeu River continues to pioneer new frontiers: winemaker Michael Brajkovich became New Zealand’s first member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine, London, and has been testing and championing screw cap closures for close to 20 years.

The Pinot Gris vineyards in Kumeu are producing grapes of high quality consistently that allowing then to make wine that is rich, complex and delicious. The wild yeast fermentation took place in tanks over an extended period. Kumeu’s Estate Pinot Gris leans more towards Alsace than Italy.

It is dry, but with great texture. The aromas have typical peach and stone fruit notes tinged with the floral perfume that we have come to expect from Pinot Gris. On the palate the wine is rich and complex with a lively texture on the palate. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is harmoniously presented with gently layered ripe, white and yellow stonefruits entwined with yellow florals and honied nuances.

Pinot Gris is a variety that goes particularly well with food, including quite intensely flavoured dishes. It is also one of the few wine styles that can handle the spiciness of chilli, so together with the sweet succulence of prawns, a nicely chilled bottle of Kumeu River Pinot Gris makes up a spectacular combination.

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We can deliver anywhere in mainland Britain from £11.95 per case.