2012 Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris, Marlborough

( £17.99 down to £13.49, 13.5%, Waitrose )

Both of my regular readers will know that I am not the greatest fan of Pinot Grigio/Gris when it’s watery and doesn’t taste of much. But this Kiwi example from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys is a very smart wine indeed. It’s just off-dry, with good texture and weight and beguiling flavours of pear and stone fruit. The wine finishes fresh and long on the palate. A really good food wine, too. 

BuyDrinking window: 2013-15Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, New Zealand, White, Pinot Gris/Grigio