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Friday 4 January 2019

Wine lovers searching for the Pinot G spot

Let's get a few things straight. Pinot gris and pinot grigio are made from the same grape. As are grauer burgunder. It just depends whether you are talking French, Italian or German. 

The pinot gris style originates in the Alsace region of France and is typically rich, sometimes oily, and often sweet, with rich tropical fruit aromas. 

Pinot Grigio from north-east Italy is generally lighter, crisp and clean and more vibrant with citrus and acid notes. 

In Australia you will find dozens of wines labelled as gris, or grigio, but the consumer finds himself, or herself, confused by winery marketers. 

Wines that are clearly made in the gris style are sometimes labelled as grigio, and vice versa. 

Kevin McCarthy from Quealy Wines launched a Pinot G scale a few years back to assist consumers; but it failed to catch on. 
De Bortoli Wines has just launched a new wine, labelled as Pinot G (with a pinot gris subtitle) and it is a terrific drink without being of any aid to confused drinkers. 

De Borts describe the 2018 De Bortoli Pinot G as a "light-bodied pinot gris". Which in my book makes it more stylistically a grigio. 

You won't miss it on he bottle shop shelves; it comes in a square-shouldered bottle, more commonly seen in spirits, as well as a distinctive holographic label and cap. 

The new wines contains a splash of riesling and several Italian varieties from the Riverina and King Valley and "to lift the aromatics and add a little tension".

De Bortoli's tasting notes are similar to mine: "light and clean". It is a darn good summer drink for $18 - but in my book it is far more grigio than gris in style. 

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