Tag: Pinot Gris

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 is an adaptable wine that will suit drinking with or without food.  Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.8%. Price: $32. Website: curlyflat.com. Source: Sample.

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 would suit spicy food.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $21. Website: www.church-road.co.nz.

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 southern Australian versions.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $19. Website: www.dopff-au-moulin.fr.

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) showed well in the bracket. Notes and observations follow.
d’Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills 2016
This wine has restrained aromas of lemon and stones. Dry on the palate, there’s some well handled oak, green apple characters, balance, medium length and some acid zing. A bargain at $15. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.4%. Price: $15. Source: Sample.
Heggies Vineyard Eden Valley Chardonnay 2016
This wine presents with very restrained aromas of stone and meal, and cedar characters suggesting mostly older oak has been used. The palate is dry and restrained in its expressions of lemon and stone, and medium length and also has some acid zing. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 13.0%. Price: $22. Source: Sample.
Taylors Clare Valley Padthaway Chardonnay 2015
Restrained in impression, this wine opens to aromas of green apple and subtle oak use. Between medium and full bodied on the palate, with good length and a very balanced expression of a cooler climate style chardonnay. Another bargain, this time at $19. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $19. Source: Sample.
d’Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne McLaren Vale 2017
This is a more aromatic wine than the previous three, with its expression of apricot and dried fruits. No oak on the palate, it is full bodied with a mealy, textured expression and is well made if singular. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.9%. Price: $20. Source: Sample.
d’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills 2017
This is most evidently sauvignon blanc. Pale in colour, there are pronounced aromatics of gooseberry and very grassy notes. No oak is used, there’s fresh acid on the palate, and 4g/l of residual sugar softens the impression. Mid range length. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $20. Source: Sample.
Angullong Pinot Grigio Orange Region 2017
Pale in colour with a slight pink hue. Typical pinot gris. A medium intensity aromas of pears on the nose. The palate is between medium and full bodied with no oak influence and a stoney, minerally expression of citrus fruits and pear and an acid zing on the tail. A good example of cool climate pinot grigio. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0%. Price: $20. Source: Sample.

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 much so, with expressions of pear, stones, minerals and some youthful spritz.   (Alc: 13.1%, Region: Orange, New South Wales, Rating: Acceptable to Good, Drink: now, Price: $25, Tasted: October, 2017, Source: Sample)

Read more: 
gartelmann.com.au

Other vintages reviewed:
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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: Mornington Peninsula, Rating: Good to Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now, Tasted: Mar, 2017, Source: Sample)

Read more:
www.tenminutesbytractor.com.au

Other vintages reviewed:

Vintage Rating Review
2014
Good to Very Good
2013
Good to Very Good

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 correct, Drink: now, Tasted: Mar, 2017, Source: Sample)

Read more:
www.taylorswines.com.au

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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 for the pinot gris), but I found myself grasping at straws on the latter.  Here are the wines.

Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Orange
Pale intensity, water-like colour.  Pear and lemon characters on the nose.  The palate is racy with high acidity and lemon characters predominant.  Crisp and pleasant.  Rating: Good

Marko’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Adelaide Hills
Neutral nose, with hints of passionfruit.  The palate is an exercise in lemon, lime and grassy characters.  High acidity.  Pleasant finish.  Rating: Good

Angullong Pinot Grigio 2016, Orange
Esthery aroma of pears, and pear juice.  Towards full bodied on the palate, but restrained flavours with lemon characters tucked in by medium acidity.  Rating: Good

Read more:
www.angullong.com.au
www.markosvineyard.com.au

Source: samples