Curly Flat Pinot Gris Macedon Ranges 2018

Note: current vintage not shown This is a lovely pinot gris from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges from the 2018 vintage.  Pale in colour, it opens to aromas of ginger, apple and spiced pears.  The palate is dry, really fresh, with saline acidity, good length and a medium-full body.  Ready to drink now, this […]

Church Road Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

This pinot gris is influenced by the Alsace style, and is from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand’s north island.  In the glass, there are muted aroma of herbs, stones and almonds.  The palate is off-dry, full bodied and the acidity racy.  Pleasant enough, and something different, although not in a style I would seek.  It […]

Dopff au Moulin Pinot Gris Alsace 2017

The first of three pinot gris posts, each of them representing different styles.  This Alsation pinot gris has a quite distinctive aroma of candy, pears, pear spirits and florals.  The palate is dry with fresh acidity and medium length. Overall, a pleasant enough, current drinking rendition of pinot gris that is very different from the […]

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Gris Mornington Peninsula 2017

The aroma of this pinot gris from Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Peninsula reminds of pears and spiced pears.  The palate is dry, full bodied and has attractive length.  Ready to drink now, this is a well made pinot gris.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $28. Source: Sample.

6 new release Australian whites

At the table today I tasted through six new release Australian whites, all completely blind. No price exceeded $22, although that was not known either. The average quality was very good and as usual blind tasting leads to a few surprises. Interestingly, the two wines with gold medal stickers on them (the first and third) […]

Gartelmann Stephanie Orange Region Pinot Gris 2017

This is a very cool climate expression of pinot gris from Gartelmann in the Orange region.  In the glass, it resembles the Italian version of this grape variety rather than the French.  The aromatics are quite floral with orange rind and zest notes.  The acidity on the palate is very firm, maybe a little too […]

10X Tractor Pinot Gris 2015

If pinot gris is what you seek, Ten Minutes by Tractor makes one of the best ones going around in the market.  The 2015 vintage tasted here has flinty aromatics, and a palate which is full bodied, saline and tasty.  Maturation in old barrels and lees stirring contribute to this benchmark pinot gris style  (Region: […]

Taylors Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2016

This is a safe and varietal wine from Taylors range in the Adelaide Hills.  Typical pinot gris aromatics of apples and pears are supplemented by characters of oat meal on the palate.  The impression is crisp and full bodied.  (Abv 13.5%, Region: Adelaide Hills, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? It’s varietally […]

LaBise Pinot Gris 2016

This is a lovely pinot gris from Natasha Mooney of La Bise Wines in South Australia.  Made from Adelaide Hills fruit, it has a slight tint to its colour.  Its aroma is phenolic, and the palate full bodied and moreish.  A lovely, summery release. (Region: Adelaide Hills, Rating: Good, Drink: now) Read more:labisewines.com.au Source: sample

Two sauvignon blancs and a pinot gris from the 2016 vintage

I tasted these wines blind in a lineup, hoping that the pinot gris (sorry, pinot grigio) might stand out, and the sauvignon blancs might give their (Australian) regions of Adelaide Hills and Orange, respectively away.  The former occurred but still required a bit of thought (the fuller body and less pronounced acidity being the clues […]