Have you ever wondered what the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio is?
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are in fact the exact same grape. The two different names reflect the style of wine that is crafted and the heritage behind the grape.
Pinot Gris is reflective of French style of wine and is traditionally from the Alsace region, where as Pinot Grigio highlights the Italian style of wine making from the North of Italy in the Veneto region. Each style boasts light, crisp and fresh characteristics with notes of apple and pear.
To make a Pinot Grigio the grape is picked earlier in harvest to achieve a leaner structured wine with higher acid and slightly lower alcohol. For this reason, Pinot Grigio will often exhibit zesty lime and crunchy green apple flavours.
A typical Pinot Gris will have a slightly oily texture and display riper, richer flavours. The Pinot Gris style is picked later in the harvest to achieve the perfect level of alcohol and fruit characteristics, varying in sweetness depending on the winemaker’s preference. As the Pinot Gris has more time to ripen, it will often show tropical or stone fruit flavours.
Our 2020 The Family Pinot Grigio displays characters of lemon zest, green apple and pear. This makes an ideal wine to enjoy chilled on a hot day. The Grigio is a great food wine that goes well with seafood, sushi or poultry.
Our 2020 Estate Pinot Gris is a pale green colour with aromas of pear and baked apple. Typical to a Gris style it has flavours of honeysuckle and light tropical fruits. A full round and soft wine, slightly sweet and very appealing. Pairing perfectly with matured cheeses and spicy Asian dishes.