Origin: De Bortoli Wines, Riverina, Australia
Taste guide: Dry, citrus fruit flavours with floral notes, fresh and crisp, lightly oaked
75cl - 12% - screwcap
This wine was produced by De Bortoli, the family owned Australian winemaker established in the year 1928. In a sense they have retraced their roots by producing an Italian style of wine but making it the Australian way. This Pinot Grigio is part of the DB Family range which offers outstanding wines at entry level prices.
The early January rains of 2015 prepared vines for what was to be a mild & then dry Riverina vintage. The cooler temps allowed for great depth in pungent fruit aromas and allowed the retention of natural acid in the grapes. Picked at the peak of perfection the fruit was fermented on its lees at elevated temperatures with selected parcels undertaking fermentation in French oak barriques. The components were then blended and remained on their yeast lees for an extended time which intensified the natural fruit flavours and texture of the wine.
The resultant wine is light, refreshing and very stylish. The colour is pale straw with green tints. The bouquet displays fresh fruit and fragrant green grassy aromas with a hint of herbs. The palate is crisp and fresh with apple and citrus fruit flavours and balancing floral notes. The minimal exposure to oak is not apparent save for the biscuity tones due to resting on the lees.
Another wine which was stocked by Waitrose but delisted due to a range review. Their loss is our gain as Binendwines can offer this wine at just £4.95.