From the winemaker who started Wither Hills, New Zealand’s most popular sauvignon blanc, Brent Marris’ new venture produces some shining examples.
One such offering is The Ned Pinot Grigio 2011, Marlborough, NZ (£9.99, Sainsbury’s) from his Ned vineyards in the Waihopai River region.
Beautifully balanced and soft with generous pear drops and stone fruit flavours, classic floral aromas and a hint of spice, it’s a great choice with poached salmon or roast chicken.
Marris’s legacy of well-made, affordable wines continues with Wither Hills Pinot Gris 2011, Marlborough, NZ (£9.99, Waitrose).
Off-dry and blossomy with luscious apricot and honeysuckle, it’s juicy enough to complement chicken stir-fry and Asian cuisine.
For a taste of the green movement, try Yealands Estate Pinot Gris 2010, Marlborough, NZ (£10.99, www.winediscoveries.co.uk).
Zingy and limey, it has flavours of grapefruit and quince mingle with melon, a hint of ginger and orange with good weight on the clean finish.
It’s a winner with mushroom risotto and creamy pasta dishes.