2017 Grey Sands Pinot Gris

I was not familiar with the term ‘ear worm’ until very recently.  It comes from the German term, ‘ohrwurm’.  As it turns out, it’s generally associated with music where a song or melody, good or bad, gets stuck in your head and becomes an irritation.  This seems to happen a lot with me and, more often than not, it’s not a song I like and, there are not many songs that irk me. 

I’m thinking this needs to be turned around and used for good.  How about the term ‘ohrwein’, meaning ‘ear wine’.  Where you’re in a café or restaurant and, regardless of what is on the wine list, you immediately think of one of your favourite wines.  My wife and I were out to lunch recently and, after ordering our food, decided to peruse the wine list and, fair dinkum, this wine jumped out at us.  It was like it was in 26 size font, in bold and underlined!  It’s one we have always enjoyed, have drunk a lot of and never tire of.  Needless to say, we ordered a bottle, it was everything we expected it to be. 

It’s invitingly bold aromatically with baked pear and just a hint of banana (maybe?).  The palate is rich and layered with ripe pear, a hint of peachiness, a deft touch of spice, and terrific texture and mouthfeel.  The finish is so beautifully persistent that it was like the flavours dropped on my palate and took a long, slow dawdle to the back until it had no choice but to gently fall away.  I haven’t stopped thinking about it since our lunch.  It has become an ‘ohrwein’ (he says with a big grin on his face).

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Region: Glengarry, Tasmania     Price: $55     Source: Café Wine List

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