Yabby Lake Pinot Gris 2012 Review

Posted: January 22, 2013 in Australia
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Spitting: Optional

Yabby Lake Pinot Gris 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Dry white (lightly oaked)

Country: Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


Overview: Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris. They are both the same variety however their stylistic origins differ. Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the variety and is crisp and dry, typically displaying characters of pear and almond. Pinot Gris is the French name (Alsace) and is typically richer and more complex. In the early days of Pinot Gris/Grigio production in Australia there was some confusion surrounding the variety as there were wine being made into a Grigio style and labeled as Gris and some were made as a Gris style and labeled as Grigio.

There was a push to name the variety Pinot G in Australia to eliminate confusion. This may no longer be necessary now that we have found our feet with this grape and are being labeling them accordingly. This Pinot Gris is a prime example of getting it right. A portion of this wine was fermented in old oak to give a layer of complexity.


Tasting note: Pear and spice notes on the nose with an underlying flintiness and very subtle oak. Nashi pear on the palate with a nettle-like character and subtle spice. Not quite as rich expected but clean and textural, making it a great food wine,   


Final Say: Get Pinot G-iggy with it. This is a wine that will be best enjoyed with food. $30 a bottle.

Score: 16.5 out of 20


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