Did you know that Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape? This luscious, flavoursome wine is, however, a million miles away from the mass produced, insipid Pinot Grigio seemingly churned out of the Veneto, North Italy (you know, typical pub plonk).
The decision to label a wine as Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris really depends on what style the wine maker is aiming for. Pinot Grigio – and there are some great examples, typically from Alto Adige or Friuli Venezia, North Italy – is crisp and zesty whereas Pinot Gris is more exotic, musky and fuller flavoured. So take a sniff of this one – yes, it actually smells of something unlike Pinot Grigio which may have a hint of lemon at the very best. On the palate, it feels quite ‘weighty’ and full of flavour: it’s tropical, lychees and honeyed peaches, yet is fresh tasting. There are hints of pears on the slightly smoky finish.
We often have this as an aperitif with cheese or with a lightly spiced dish.
At a glance
- Style? Off-dry white wine
- Where is it from? Nelson, New Zealand
- What’s the grape? Pinot Gris
- Tastes of? Pears and lychees, with a touch of smoke
- What food would complement it? Summery salads/lightly spiced dishes such as Middle Eastern Quinoa Patties