Ant Moore Pinot Gris 2012 Review

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Australia, New Zealand
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Ant Moore

Spitting: Optional

Ant Moore Pinot Gris 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Dry White

Country: New Zealand 

Region: Marlborough

The Diary of a blog obsessed Wine Wanker

Overview: 8:30 pm Tuesday night: I’m in Sydney for work and realise that I’ve not yet tasted a suitable wine to blog about. I’m in the city, it’s dark and cold and I feel suddenly vulnerable and alone.

8.31 pm: Minor panic attack as I contemplate skipping this week’s blog. This thought is fleeting for the blog is part of my weekly routine, should I skip it my life may begin to spiral.

8.34 pm: The glowing vista of a corner bottle shop calms my hectic heart.

8.40 pm: I have a bottle in hand; I think I bought it simply because of the pretty colours on the label.

8.45pm: I am back in the hotel room, breathing into the paper bag the bottle was packaged in. My entire routine lies in the balance; this wine needs to be up to standard for me to keep my life on the straight and narrow.

8.46 pm: The moment of truth (surprisingly the hotel wine glasses are quite good).

8.47 pm: I forgot my wine diary (yes, I have a wine diary). I find a piece of paper to scrawl some tasting note on.

9 pm: I fall asleep.

5.30 am: I wake up to find that I have fallen asleep on the complimentary bed mint. Bed mint? Yeah, I don’t know either. Mints are for after dinner, if you’re making my bed with them hidden in the sheets you’re asking for trouble.

5.31 am: I’m barely awake yet feel the need to write a letter explaining myself to the cleaner: ‘Dear cleaner, it’s not poo. Have a sniff for yourself.’ I now have a lovely, chocolate and mint coated shoulder.

5.35 am: I discover exhibit A:

Ant Moore notes

6 am: Allow me to decipher this horrible, panicked left handers scrawl for you.


Tasting note: If you can’t read the above I hardly blame you, I have a hard time reading my own hand writing at the best of times. It reads: A fresh nose of pear and apple, these characters are also found on the palate joined by lychee and subtle characters of custard apple. A crisp acidity and subtle grassy notes (phenolics). It toes the line between Pinot Gris with some residual sugar and Pinot Grigio, crisp and simple, thus becoming the Pinot G hybrid.


Final Say: Now that you’ve had some insight into my mind you probably need a drink, I know I do. Sells for between $16 and $20 a bottle.  


Score: 15.5 out of 20

For any questions or feedback feel free to email me on

Jack Davis

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