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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

Mudgee, NSW

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.

GREY SANDS

2012 Pinot Gris

$ 40

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.

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