Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Stefano Lubiana Pinot Gris 2012

Is Pinot Gris a white or a red? If the grapes are allowed to stay on the vine they transition from green to pink or even plum colour. This is the normal process that red grapes go through unlike white grapes which end up yellow or golden. Th researchers suggest that Pinot Gris is a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir variety so I would suggest that the answer is a little more grey in colour. At the moment most producers are striping the wine of colour before bottling to get rid of the colour in the wine but that also removes flavour. All in all Pinot Gris is a confusing variety and one that is easy to understand why so many Australian wine-makers are having a problem crafting high quality wines. Stefano is not one of those makers as I think he has managed to produce a textural wine with traditional Gris flavours.

Stefano Lubiana Pinot Gris 2012

The main positive regarding this wine is the thick creamy texture that it holds. The texture reminds me of thickened cream as I drizzle it on my poached granny smith apples, lemon peel and pear dessert. While those flavours are more of a dessert in style the wine possesses a wedge of acidity which leaves the palate dry on the finish. The wine needs a little bit more time in bottle show its true colours but it is already a piece of artwork bottled.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $28
Rated: 92
Drink: 2013 +

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