2008 Kalinda Pinot Gris Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1045959

Fruit sourced from the Christchurch area of new Zealand's south Island, this wine is plump with evident minerality. Plenty of depth of flavor and lingering finish. Crowd pleaser.

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Price: $11.99

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/5/2009  | Send Email
This New Zealand Gem is full of mouthwatering flavor, showing structurally balanced acidity and minerality, just a touch of tropical fruit up front and a zestfully, delicious finish! Such a fun and food-friendly Pinot Gris, perfect for any time of the year. Pair this dry, clean, crisp, luscious wine with a variety of cuisines...how 'bout truffled mac and cheese, or grilled day boat scallops with a maple bacon glaze, or even spicy Thai!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2009  | Send Email
You have to try our new Kalinda 2008 Pinot Gris from Marlborough, New Zealand, not because it is our first with this varietal under our private label, but because it is really good stuff. From New Zealand's South Island, this wine offers pretty perfumed smells and a bright yet viscous mouthfeel that makes it the perfect white wine for your holiday parties. Eby says that this will be our holiday party white for the month. 13% abv

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 1/12/2010 
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(Score based on quality to price ratio.) Having just returned from New Zealand, it's no surprise to me that K&L's Kalinda line features a NZ pinot gris, as these wines pack the fruit+minerality that you only can get in Alsatian and Swiss names. That said, there's no other place on earth you can get these flavors in a bottle for $11. I believe pinot gris is currently the top white grape in NZ, and universally more appealing, especially to folks like me who do not appreciate the green apple and lemony flavors of the much more popular sauvingon blanc.

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.