Durvillea Pinot Grigio 2009 (Marlbrorough, NZ)
$20, Screwcap, 14%
Durvillea is described as a ‘little sister’ to the Astrolabe range, with the wines driven by some of the ladies in the Astrolabe business. Nice people they are too, producing well priced and attractive wines. More power to them.
This demonstrates the last point admirably. Strictly speaking it’s borderline Pinot Grigio (a bit ripe for that) but who cares for such nitpicking. The nose is wonderfully Gris-ish with ripe musky pear and a dash of pepper. Nicely direct. Palate is light and rounded, a little viscous with oily edges. Finishes crisp and dry. A rather attractive mouthful of juicy round fruit this. Another wine that’s easy to like. 17/90