Pinot Gris


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Pinot Gris was first planted on our Te Muna Road Vineyard in 1999. After decades of experience growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we knew it had the potential to flourish on the Martinborough Terrace.

The variety benefits from our vineyard’s alluvial gravel soils, dry climate, and warm summers. Each vintage is barrel fermented, to focus on the natural aromas flavours and texture of this wine.


Grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the Martinborough Terrace during an amazing growing season for the district. A classic warm dry summer allowed the fruit to ripen perfectly producing opulent fruit flavours and great texture.
Combined with barrel fermentation has allowed us to create Burgundian-inspired Pinot Gris. Flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish. A dry style has enhanced the fruit flavours Pinot Gris is renowned for. Lees stirring has improved the texture and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes.
A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

Wine Analysis

2021 GRIS Pinot Gris
  • Alcohol: 12.9%
  • Total acid: 4.7g/l
  • Residual sugar: <1g/l
  • Total dry extract: 17.9g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes


96 Points: 2021 Vintage - Wine Rater | July 2022


91 Points: 2019 Vintage - Jo Czerwinski | June 2021


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Food Pairing

Escarpment Pinot Gris pairs perfectly with most entrees or charcuterie boards as an aperitif.