It pains me to once again have to speak highly of a wine from the Marlborough Region of New Zealand’s South Island, but the Gibson Bridge 2015 Pinot Gris is deserving of every accolade it receives. Unsurprisingly, previous vintages of this Pinot Gris have won numerous awards and the recently released 2015 edition seems destined for similar fame.
It’s a fragrant style with a spicy cinnamon and nutmeg edge at the front, and voluptuous pear and ripe nectarine characters through the mid-palate. If you allow the wine to warm slightly in the glass, the richness of the fruit becomes obvious and an apple pie and ice cream sweetness lingers on a star anise-like conclusion.
The slightly sweet finish makes it a perfect partner for spicy Asian cuisine or even maple sauce embossed wattles with deep fried ice cream!
Either way, it’s beautifully balanced, aromatic and worth every cent of its $25 price tag.