We’ve been lucky to track this delicious little number down, and our future is looking oh so Brightwater. Hailing from Nelson, it’s super clean, fresh and all about pears, honeysuckle and lemon. Ridiculously drinkable and ridiculously affordable, this is a vino to be drunk anytime, anywhere with with whomever you see fit.
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Pinot Gris
- Serving Temp.
Family owned and operated for three generations, Brightwater Gravels is a boutique Nelson winery with a focus on producing balanced, elegant and food friendly wines. Nestled in between the Wai-iti and the Wairoa rivers, the crops occupy free draining alluvial soils and are blessed with generous sunshine, which in turn produce bright and intense varietals that showcase the family's passion and terroir with honesty and flair.
Nelson, right at the top of the south island, vies for New Zealand's best wine region. Its wine history dates back to 1800s German settlers, but the modern industry kicked off in the 1970s. It boasts a vibrant arts and café scene, and although you will see New Zealand's usual suspects (pinot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and aromatic whites), many of the wines are as eclectic as the people who live here.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Potato roesti with smoked salmon
- 800g royal blue potatoes, peeled
- 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
- 1/2-1 tsp horseradish cream, or to taste
- 100g spreadable cream cheese
- 1 bunch rocket, leaves torn
- 200g sliced smoked salmon
- 1 tbs finely chopped chives
- Coarsely grate potatoes into a sieve placed over a bowl.
- Season potatoes to taste with salt and pepper. Using your hands, squeeze out any excess moisture from grated potatoes.
- Heat 1 tbs oil in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches and adding more oil when needed, add heaped tablespoonfuls of potato mixture to pan, flattening to form 8cm rounds. Cook roesti for 1 1/2 minutes each side or until crisp and golden.
- Drain roesti on paper towels. Place horseradish cream and cream cheese in a bowl and stir until smooth. Divide roesti among plates. Top with rocket, smoked salmon and a spoonful of cream cheese mixture. Scatter with chives then season to taste. Serve immediately.
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