Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Gris’

TWSThe Wine Society Premium Selection Pinot Gris 2013

Style: Dry white

Region: Swan Hill, VIC

Tasting Note: Though I have slotted this wine into the ‘dry white’ category, it does have a touch of richness from some residual sugar. The term ‘just-slightly-off-dry-white’ doesn’t sound quite right however. The pink tinge suggests a little bit of skin contact. The nose is rich with dominant tones of custard apple. There’s honeysuckle on the palate with spiced, poached pear. A creamy mouth-feel is balanced by crisp acidity.

Final Say: This is definitely Pinot Gris in style, which means it is best in enjoyed with food … spicy Thai dishes perhaps. $14.99 a bottle.

Score: 16 out of 20

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Spitting: OptionalDeviation Road Pinot Gris

Deviation Road Pinot Gris 2013

Style: Dry white

Country: Australia

Region: Adelaide Hills  


Tasting note: The road less travelled deviates to the path well-trodden as we witness this once ‘alternate’ variety rise in popularity. This wine, for me, sits more in the Pinot Grigio spectrum then Pinot Gris with nice citrus aromas, cut pear and subtle spice. It is dry and crisp with good acidity and texture.

Final Say: Like most Pinot Gris/Grigio this wine definitely requires food to really shine. $20-$25 a bottle

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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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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