Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the difference. I have even seen it labelled Pinot G. This one is unashamedly in the Pinot Gris spectrum.
A lovely pale gold in colour, the nose is almost like smelling a genuine Belgian wheat beer but a bit more refined. You know how it can have that hint of banana to it.
Tasting it is where it comes into it’s own. It is luscious, deliciously textural and, on the palate, it seems as though as soon as the flavour starts to fade, it comes back again. It’s like there is layer after layer after layer of flavour being laid on the palate that contributes to the whole mouth feel of this wine. It seems to just keep going too.
Bob and Rita Richter, the proprietors of Grey Sands, have been making this style consistently for a long time now. I have been lucky enough to have recently tasted a 2000 vintage and it was pretty good…still. A very good indication that this wine, actually all their wines, are “made to last”.
There is still some of this vintage available online.
Region: Northern Tasmania Price: $45 Source: Cellar Door Purchase