Joelle Thomson

Wine writer and award winning wine author

What I am drinking, reading and savouring each week


New Wild Earth Pinot Gris, 20 November 2023

The words 2023 and vintage are never going to go down well in the North Island of New Zealand where Cyclone Gabrielle did her best to destroy the livelihoods, vineyards and passions of many winemakers, but it's a different story in the South Island where Pinot Gris does particularly well. 

Here is my review of a fresh new wine off the bottling line from Wild Earth in Central Otago. 


2023 Wild Earth Pinot Gris RRP $31

Pinot Gris from cool climates rocks when it's good, as this flavoursome, smooth wine from Wild Earth shows. Flavours of ginger, stewed pears and a hint of lychee add layers to the smooth mouthfeel and lingering, flavoursome finish. It's a crowd pleaser with body and ageability on its side. Great wine to drink with spicy food or on its own as a refreshing beverage after a long day.