De Bortoli Windy Peak Classic Dry White 2009 (Victoria)
$15, Victoria, 12%
Its a bitsa blend this one, with Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio blended with Semillon and some Vermentino too, with the fruit coming predominantly from the Yarra & King Valleys.
Translucent colour, water clear with just a tinge of green. The nose is dominated by the pear & straw aromatics of Pinot Grigio above all else, so I’m betting the Grigio makes up a fair proportion of the blend. Indeed, the palate follows with a most Italianate expression of Grigio, with that mix of oyster shells and straw that marks Northern Italian Grigio.
Through the tail end however, everything falls away to become a bit broad and blowsy & edged with raw acidity, leaving a slightly average taste in the mouth.
Overall I’m impressed with the direction here, but it just fails to follow all the way through. Simple quaffing stuff at a quite fair price. 16.3