te Pa, Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013, New Zealand
After three decades of fame that rested largely on Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand has another potential white wine champion in the shape of Pinot Gris, with more and more high quality examples hitting the shelves. te Pa is a new name to the UK, 150 hectares having been planted in 2003 by the Macdonald family who can trace their history on this land back for 800 years. There's a touch of bronze to the colour from the red-skinned Pinot Gris, and it offers a burst of fresh, juicy apricot and nectarine fruit, as well as having a cool herb and even slightly salty note. On the palate it is dry, succulent and again juicy. It has easy drinking charm because of the ripe fruit, but there is enough acidity to give this balance and genuine food-friendly savour and freshness. Watch the video for food matching suggestions and more information.
It costs £9.50 from The Wine Society. The Wine Society is a mutual society, where you must buy a lifetime membership share, but from then on in it offers one of the best wine ranges in the UK and some of the keenest prices thanks to its society status.