Hills And Rivers Pinot Gris 2022

  • An energetic, aromatic Pinot Gris with lovely floral nuances.
  • Bright stone fruit flavours with a bright lime acidity.
  • Created by a top boutique vineyard.
  • 1 or more bottles
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Editors notes

An energetic, aromatic Pinot Gris with juicy pear and peach notes and lovely floral nuances. Luscious, textural lime and yellow stone fruit with crisp acidity. Hints of marmalade & a dry, mineral driven finish linger on the palate. Created by a top boutique Hawkes Bay vineyard.


Tasting Profile

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  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
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  • Aroma
    • Peach
    • Pear
    • Stonefruit
  • Palate
    • Green Apple
    • Lemon
    • Mineral

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.

About the brand Ash Ridge

In 2014 Ash Ridge won the Hawke's Bay 'Bayleys A&P' Winery of the Year award for the second time in only 3 years!

If you make the trip up to the Bridge Pa triangle of Hawke's Bay, you'll find the winery of Ash Ridge. The set up is quite modest with no fancy buildings to boast about, but boy can they make a good wine. The Syrah varietal is the probably the strongest performer over at Ash Ridge where the growing conditions make for beautifully aromatic expressions of the variety.

The winery has two vineyards both located in the 'Bridge Pa Triangle' growing region. The soils in the area settled over 10,000 years ago when the ancient Ngaruroro River changed its course. When the river was diverted it left behind gravelly, arid, unfertile soils over which the vines are now planted. The exceptional composition of the soils combined with long summer days and cool nights helps Ash Ridge winemaker Lauren Swift maximise the flavours.

Ash Ridge's wines have picked up countless medals over the past few years on the New Zealand show judging circuit and consistently present a great value proposition for high-quality Hawke's Bay wines.

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