Published on September 11th, 2012 | by Greg0
Wine Trio: Ara New Zealand 2011 Pinot Gris
We're trying something a little different today! We've got three great wines to tell you about, and we're splitting up the piece so that each bottle can get a little extra individual attention. Let us know what you think of this format as we spotlight each vino in turn, and sample these great late summer and early fall finds. All of them are award winners in their respective categories, and solid values.
The first in today's series was a light, bright Sauvignon Blanc from the US. We now spin the globe and land across the world in New Zealand. The Ara 2011 Single Estate Pinot Gris is from the Marlborough region, not far from a pair from another vineyard that we talked about late last month. Winner of a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco Wine Competition, this one is a limited release that's more or less impossible to get here in the USA- and, more excitingly, the very first one of this varietal from the winery!
We loved the torn, mountainous label, and the unique logo, and even the bottle had a classy stamp. With Pinot Gris, and especially newer ones, you're looking at at nose with pear and nectarine, and a little sweet honeysuckle floral note, and this one offered all of the above with a definite herbal bite and balanced sweetness. We paired it against a pasta salad, with some fresh garden spinach and peppers, and the Pinot Gris was a great counterpoint to the creamy, sour flavors, brightening the food and offering a bit of sparkle without being overwhelming. If you're in New Zealand or Australia, definitely check this one out- or perhaps try to find Ara's other well-regarded wines!