Neck Of The Woods Pinot Gris 2021

Neck Of The Woods Pinot Gris 2021

  • Pinot Gris
  • New Zealand, 750ml

"A rather pretty wine with a bouquet of spring blossoms and green pear, nashi and white nectarine then white spiced apple suggestions. A fine lees quality adds depth and complexity and a light stony mineral quality adds purity and finesse. On the palate - just off-dry with a core of white fleshed fruit and sweet citrus flesh with a youthful acid line enhancing the white spice. The texture is satin smooth with a gentle warmth from the alcohol. Lengthy, balanced finish offering excellent drinking from 2021 through 2025+." Cameron Douglas

  • Winery: Neck of the Woods
  • Varietal: Pinot Gris
  • Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Light seafood & vegetable based risottos, salads & sauces; fried fish & Fish & Chips; mushroom risotto; Hummus

This Gris celebrates the pioneering, if not the very first, investigative journalist Nellie Bly. Struggling to find a work as a journalist she went undercover to exposé the New York City Lunatic Asylum. She checked herself in as a patient and uncovered the inhuman treatment of the mentally ill. She subsequently published her daring dispatches as a book, “Ten Days in a Mad-House”. Her book brought about widespread change. Nellie then made a famous, widely reported and intrepid 72-day trip around the globe before covering stories from the Eastern Front during World War I, and reported on the women’s suffrage movement. One of the first undercover investigative journalists — a true pioneer and daring activist.

Neck of the Woods goal is to make authentic wines that harness the weird and wild of Central Otago, staying true to the land with minimal intervention winemaking. They craft small batch fine wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and an Orange wine that show off this unique and wonderous wine region. Those that follow the rules rarely make history. So Neck of the Woods forge their own path. And do things their way. Are they unconventional? Yes. Uncompromising? Absolutely. But that’s exactly what makes their Neck of the Woods worth exploring. Neck of the Woods are lucky enough to call Jen Parr their leading lady/winemaker. An Oregon native and graduate of Stanford University, Jen has called Central Otago home since 2007. She has extensive international winemaking experience including in the USA, France, South Africa and Australia in addition to 17 harvests in NZ. Jen has been a Winemaker in Otago since 2007. In 2018 she was awarded the Winemaker of the Year at the NZ International Aromatic Competition and was nominated as one of six finalists for the Gourmet Traveler Magazine NZ Winemaker of the Year in 2019 for her work with Valli.

  • 5 Stars &18.5/20 Points - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (2021 vintage)
  • 5 Stars & 94/100 Points - Wine Orbit (2021 vintage)
  • ‘Excellent’ & 93/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2021 vintage)
  • 5 Stars & 94/100 Points - Wine Orbit (2020 vintage)
  • 5 Stars - The Wine Writer (2020 vintage)
  • Excellent & 94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS   (2020 vintage)
  • 5 stars & 93/100 Wine Orbit (2019 vintage)
  • ‘Outstanding’ (92/100) - Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
  • Top 10 Pinot Gris – Dish Magazine (2019 vintage)

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