Lots of disappointing Pinot Gris in Australia. Lots. Too much. It’s a variety that is often more commercial reality rather than a serious wine endeavour (which is shit).
Thankfully, this Crittenden Estate Peninsula Pinot Gris 2021 is not shit. Why? Because it has been made a little (welcome) care.
Hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and fermented wild, before spending 10 months on lees. This has a nice shape to it – ripe pear fruit, with just a twist of pear fruit sweetness before a dry finish. It’s plump and generous enough, crisp enough, varietal enough. Enough of enough to be enjoyable. It needs a bigger bang through the middle and back palate for more points, but the whole mouthfeel and profile makes this good.
Incidentally, this was the winner of Best Gris at the Mornington Peninsula Wine Show, although I didn’t know that until post-tasting. The regional shows get it wrong less often, don’t they?
Best drinking: nowish. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13%, $34. Crittenden Estate website. Would I buy it? Worth a few glasses.
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