Pinot gris has a lovely texture

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Carrying on the New Zealand theme of the past few weeks, I’ve been tasting lots of Kiwi pinot gris. This has been threatening to be the next big thing after all that sauvignon blanc.

There’s no doubt that lighter, more aromatic white grapes are very much at home in New Zealand and that pinot gris seems to be more consumer-friendly than either gewürztraminer or riesling.

What I really like about many examples I’ve tasted is the lovely texture, making them much more interesting than a lot of Italian pinot grigio.

Nautilus Pinot Gris 2009, Marlborough (Hermitage Cellars £12.75) is not cheap, but one of my favourite wines of the year.

Top tipple

The Ned Pinot Grigio 2010, Marlborough

Notes of spiced pears and peaches, followed by that lovely texture.

Available at Waitrose, £9.49 and Majestic, £9.99

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