BELLA RIVA 2013 Pinot Grigio $ 19
King Valley, Vic
12.5 per cent
Pale colour, delicately spiced and fragrant with fresh, bright citrus and pear notes on both the nose and palate in a very refreshing, slip- down and easy- drinking Italian style. WAIPARA WAI 2013 Pinot Gris $ 20
Waipara Valley, NZ
13.5 per cent
A more golden, rich, rounded and complex style with initial spiced pear and toasty flavours giving way to musk, a potpourri fragrant- like sweetness and some phenolic coarseness towards the finish. LOWE Nullo Mountain 2013 Pinot Gris $ 30
14.8 per cent
A fairly reticent nose before a big, creamy and intense mouthful of sweetish banana liqueur- like flavours with a sweet, warming glow of alcohol to finish. An unusual style that, for me, would need something like Chinese five- spiced pork for it to show its best.
2012 Pinot Gris
Tamar Valley, Tas
14.1 per cent
Widely regarded as producing some of the country’s best pinot gris, this is just starting to open up to show attractive feral, yeasty aromas and complexity underpinning its beautifully textured and balanced, quince and pearflavoured palate, still with its best years ahead of it.