Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) is thought to be a white grape mutation of Pinot Noir. In fact the actual grapes on the vine are more a pinkish-grey colour on the vine rather than white.
We recently tasted this 2019 Pinot Gris sample from St Annes Winery (thank you!) here in Victoria. St Anne’s have cellar doors in Echuca, Moama, Myrniong and Lorne. This Pinot Gris retails for $20. Here are our notes:
What’s a blend when it comes to wine? You may hear people throw that term around a bit, but what exactly does it mean?
A blend, typically refers to the fact that the wine is made from a mix of different grape varieties. Just like this sample bottle of Gatch Wine 2018 White I received recently which is a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes.
Have you come across Spinning Top wines from New Zealand?
I hadn’t until I was recently sent a few samples to try (thank you!!). This 2019 Pinot Gris from Marlborough retails for $16. So what makes this range special? Well…
Ant and Patrick Moore are the winemaker brothers behind the brand. They drew their inspiration from another set of brothers – Ray and Charles Eames – a prolific design duo. They’re the duo behind the short film ‘Tops’ – an artistic exploration of the ancient art of top-making and spinning.
“Like wine, a spinning top can be of simple creation, such as a thumb tack sent into orbit, through to something more complex and elaborate. A spinning top is set in motion yet can change direction and has a serendipitous path – we can guide it to start with, but nature is the primary driver” – Ant Moore.
Therefore the winemaking process is as natural as possible made with minimal intervention and nominal sulphur and finings. But what does it taste like?
Well here are our thoughts:
It’s a pale yellow shade in the glass with a hint of grey. It’s really vibrant on the nose with nectarines, minerality and fresh candied lemon coming through for me. While in the mouth it’s smooth and fruit forward with a nice acidic clean finish. Think stonefruit with a lick of grapefruit.
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!