Varietal/Style: Pinot Gris
Origin: Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Kevin McCarthy & Brien Cole
Retail Price: $15
Notes: With an almost puzzling nose of figs
and pears, this wine gives a first impression more reminiscent of Chardonnay
than Pinot Grigio. Its winemakers claim to be working toward the Alsatian
as opposed to the Italian style, but we wonder if wires crossed somewhere
around the International Dateline. Although many components of fine
winemaking are present, such as balance and viscosity, the overriding
characteristic in the mouth seems to be the flavor of canned pears.
Don't get us wrong, the wine is an interesting example of a clean, light
style. If they'd used Chardonnay grapes, we might even be impressed.
(Date tasted 07/09/01)
With twenty years of experience, this Australian producer recently
expanded its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay line to include Pinot Gris,
the grape that has been gaining notoriety in the Mornington Peninsula
region. With current production of less than 10,000 total cases,
this boutique winery is planning on some major expansion, having
recently planted an additional 160 acres of vines.
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