Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Nepenthe Pinot Gris 2011

Nepenthe Pinot Gris 2011 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13%, Screwcap, $19.95
Source: Sample

Tough year for the Adelaide Hills, with unripe fruit and botrytis a go-go, all of which are writ large in this wine. Fair result perhaps but tough going really.

A particularly neutral nose on this Gris, showing a little green pea and pyrazine unripe fruit edged with lemon grass. Smells rather light on this does, with just a little Pinot Gris varietal character poking through. Similarly, the palate is white-paint-on-a-white-wall, quasi-Grigio territory if saved by the edges of white peach fruit livening things up again, everything topped off with searing acidity.

Fair drink but little joy ultimately. 15.8/85

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