There’s more to wine than simply white and red, or indeed the sauvignon blanc and pinot noir that dominate New Zealand’s vineyards. In this section, I’ve explored lesser known whites, a rose and a rare “orange” wine.
Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Collection Kerner Estate Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris 2012 $32
This intriguing amber-coloured wine derives its hue from the grapes being fermented with their skins, rather than having them removed before they can impart much colour or texture, as is the way with most whites. If you’ve never tried a so-called “orange wine” before, you may be surprised by its firm structure, which is more akin to that of a red. It’s flavours, too, are unconventional, blending notes of fresh hay, honey, cardamom and chrysanthemum with apricot fruit and a soy-like savoury undertone. A must for the adventurous wine explorer.
Stockists: Great Little Vineyards and Pyramid Valley Vineyards
Published: The New Zealand Herald – viva
April 24 2014