Theory & Practice 2020 Pinot Gris

Theory & Practice 2020 Pinot Gris

  • Pinot Gris
  • New Zealand, 750ml

Rich notes of tropical fruits that span the spectrum from pear to pineapple. The palate is full bodied and rich with a very plush texture. Palate flavours of canned peach and suggestions of Turkish Delight all contribute interest. These layers of richness come mainly from perfectly ripened grapes allowing for some residual sugar in the wine.

  • Winery: Ant McKenzie Wines
  • Varietal: Pinot Gris
  • Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Light seafood & vegetable based risottos, salads & sauces; fried fish & Fish & Chips; mushroom risotto; Hummus

Over the past 20 years Ant McKenzie has crafted fantastic wines for some of the largest wineries in New Zealand wine - Dry River, Framingham, Mud House, Te Awa and Spy Valley. Now, under his own banner, he has created a multi-tier range of wines with Theory and Practice range pitched as "contemporary wines with a creative edge" .


"My working life in wine takes me up and down the country visiting wine regions, growers and producers.  I’m almost always helping producers make or market wine using some of the theories and practices honed over my years in the industry.

Along the way I come across special parcels of fruit and wine that often don’t have a home.

Working with these growers and sometimes wineries we put together blends that reflect the regions where they are grown and the contemporary wine styles that the market enjoys.

With an initial focus on our home region of Hawke’s Bay we produce a small range of four wines: Chardonnay and a Pinot Gris; a Merlot and a Syrah.

My grower clients that provide fruit for these wines include Andrew and Deborah Stewart and his parents Warren and Olwynne, John and Kathryn Loughlin, Neal Cave and Suzanna Taylor, Bruce Leppard, Johnny and Shona Lyons, Philip and Sarah Barber, and Rene Fisch. There are also winery clients contributing to these wines and sometimes an ‘x-factor’ component gets sourced from outside of the family to make that all important difference." Ant Mackenzie


Previous vintages:

  • Bronze - 2019 New World Wine Awards (2018 vintage)
  • Gold - NZ International Wine Show (2016 vintage)
  • 5 Stars - Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)
  • 91/100 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2016 vintage)



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