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Stefano Lubiana Pinot Grigio 2011

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Stefano Lubiana Pinot Grigio 2011

Pinot Grigio
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$28.99 EA
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Product Description

Fancy a magical mystery tour this summer? Then dip into wines made from Pinot Gris (rhymes with ‘glee’).

After all, it’s something of a mystery, this chameleon wine grape. How else can you describe a variety that was once red, then by some quirk of nature suddenly mutated into a white-skinned variety? Or an off-white, pale grey or even dusty pink wine grape when you find it at home in its vineyard.

Pinot Gris just can’t make up its mind what it wants to be. Trouble is, nor can winemakers. Depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made, the variety has a range of different guises. Italian versions – known as Pinot Grigio – are generally crisp, dry, light-bodied and unoaked. Those from Alsace in eastern France often resemble riesling in their youth, but evolve into rich, full bodied and exceptionally complex wines.

And ours? Well, we have to admit the variety has been something of a work in progress for us. Our climate and vintage conditions play key roles in determining the kind of wine that ends up in the bottle. Over the years, we’ve favoured the crisp, fresh, aromatic Grigio style.

In 2010, Mother Nature took us down a slightly different path. The warm season enabled us to produce a smooth, fleshy, medium-bodied wine that even used a little oak in its winemaking. We loved it, even though it was a departure from our usual Grigio style.

Enter from stage left the cool, cloudy and somewhat overcast summer of 2010-2011 and this vintage’s crop decided it wanted to play its Pinot Grigio role again… light-bodied, fresh and vibrant, with great varietal aromas of Turkish Delight and wild strawberries. And like good parents that love each and every one of their children – even though they may have completely different characters – we find ourselves drawn to this new wine. It’s a very attractive style, in spite of its recent bottling. It should drink very well over the coming summer and beyond...

Its screwcap closure will surely help prolong its life in the cellar, but we’ve intended the wine to be consumed sooner rather than later.

Quality-wise, we’re really pleased with our latest Pinot Grigio. The season was challenging but our biodynamic vineyard management eventually prevailed over the elements.

So what will this summer bring? Let’s just wait and see… with a glass of 2011 PG close at hand. If you get a little peckish, may we suggest some lovely prosciutto and melon, or maybe smoked quail, onion tart, or perhaps sashimi…? An exotic selection, we admit, but then so is this wonderfully mysterious wine grape. Cheers! STEFANO LUBIANA

"... I had to put aside my preconceptions... The quality of the wine is very high..."Josh Tuckfield - vino-review blogspot August 22nd, 2012

"... Steve has taken to the left field throughout his career... thus he labels the wine grigio when most people would call it gris..."James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion 2013

“A pale green/gold colour with savoury spice and floral aromas of dried flowers, the palate is more complex than might be expected of a grigio style with honey, figs, marzipan and some deeper leesy characters, firmer and crisper and more savoury on the finish… lovely length and balance. “There’s a core of fruit sweetness… good with salty foods like grilled sardines, anchovy toasts, pea and prosciutto risotto and an antipasto of smoked meats and pickled vegetables…. good at helping tame spicier, hotter foods like Thai and Indian curries, especially, I’d think, Indian butter chicken, or now they’re back in season, that perennial Tasmanian favourite, curried scallops.” Graeme Phillips The Sunday Tasmanian September 30th 2012

“Lightly spicy scents of white flowers, green apple skins, nashi pear and nutmeal precede a brightly flavoured, crystal-clear and finely chalky palate that finishes with crisp, crunchy acids, balance and shape. It’s long and nervy, elegant and restrained. Australia might finally be in danger of making a serious pinot grigio!” 93/100 Also listed among the book’s Top Ten Wines from New Varieties Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wine Annual 2013

“I had to put aside my preconceptions about this wine as it is not really a Grigio but more like a blend of Grigio and Gris in the one bottle. The quality of the wine is very high so it was easy to forgive. “In the beginning there was that lovely pear and apples flavour before the mid palate turned rich and textural. Maybe I was being a bit harsh on the wine as it seems to combine the best of both of the wine styles yet still finishes with a nice lightness. Rated: 90. Drink: Now – 2015.” Josh Tuckfield www.vino-review.blogspot.com.au August 22nd 2012

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