A white grape variety originating from the Rhine valley in Germany in the 15th century. Now grown in many parts of the world, Australia has some world-class cool climate Riesling regions, including Clare and Eden Valleys in South Australia, Tamar Valley in Tasmania, and Great Southern in West Australia.
A white grape variety originating in Burgundy, France, from around the Middle Ages. Called Pinot Gris in France, (gris meaning “grey” in French), it is thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. The grape bunches themselves have a grey-ish blue fruit, accounting for the name. Grigio is the Italian word for “grey”, denoting not just its spread from France to Italy, but also the different style the Italian winemakers produced – a lighter-bodied, higher acidity, fresh and zesty style.
Pinot Grigios can display floral aromas of honeysuckle and citrus flowers, speaking to us of springtime. On the palate, you can often find lemon-lime, pear, green apple, and honey. The lean and zippy Pinot Grigio style lends itself well to many food pairings, especially fish and shellfish, and semi-soft to firm cheeses, such as gruyere, mozzarella, and washed rinds.
The Impressionist Pinot Grigio from our Eden Valley vineyard offers a floral nose with hints of nashi pear, lychee, and honey. The palate is bright and juicy displaying stone fruits and lime juice, finishingwith refreshing acidity.
Cold glass of Pinot Grigio with a pre-dinner cheese platter on the balcony, anyone?
Whether you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year with your family or taking in a new culture and enjoying the festivities, here’s how you should match the Lunar New Year classics with your favourite wine varieties.
The spooky season is upon us once again. We feel that the best way to spend this Halloween, especially given the persistent rain, is to cuddle up at home, with a classic Halloween movie and a glass of your favourite wine.