Monday, 7 January 2013

T'Gallant Cape Schanck Pinot Grigio 2012

Pinot Grigio is a variety that hasn't really set the world on fire in Australia. There are often debates about whether a Grigio or more Gris and vice versa, but now some more added complexity to the argument with a "Pinot G style spectrum" on the back label. Style spectrum? What the?

I appreciate what the Australian Wine Research Institute is trying to achieve here. Nine categories have been identified on the "Pinot G style spectrum", but really, for the cost of this wine, I am sure the punter who is buying it just wants to grab something to drink rather than question where they are at on a nine point scale. Picking wines is complicated enough for some, so breaking up a variety into nine categories can only make the task harder...unless you know where your palate is on the scale. Perhaps had all wineries applied the same scale with some uniformity, there would be some relevance in my opinion.

One end of the spectrum is "Crisp" with the opposite "Luscious". I'm yet to hear anyone describe a Pinot Grigio as luscious, but I am no expert on the variety by any means. I have posted a photo of the scale on the bottle (right).

This wine falls into the category of,  "Dry tangy and vibrant".

A simple wine. Fresh aromas of poached pear. The front palate lingers with a touch of spice. The fruit slips off a little too quickly but the small element of spice adds to a length which kicks on a little more than expected. Acid is up there but not off putting. Vibrant though, I didn't think so.

Not a wine I would normally buy, perhaps my taste is off the spectrum! It needs food. Have with a pork cutlet with mustard dressing or calamari.

Who: T'Gallant Wines http://www.tgallant.com.au
What: Pinot Grigio (11.5% alc)
Where: Mornington Peninsula
When: 2012
How: $15

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