Spittoon.biz Bookmark This page
Finally I’ve joined the Wine Society. The application went in just before Christmas, the first order arriving not long after.

The reason for joining was simple; to get my grubby paws on a bottle or two of the Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that had proved such a highlight during the Naked Wines Australian jaunt last year.* There was stock when I initially logged in; just a few days later, yep, you guessed it they had sold out.

In compensation a Greywacke Pinot Gris was added to that virtual basket. An indulgence perhaps at £16 a bottle but on the basis of how delicious their Sauvignon was I concluded it might, just, be worth trying.

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2011 £16 Wine Society [Adegga / Snooth] In Sydney at least, the wines of New Zealand are viewed pretty much as ‘home grown’ and as ubiquitous as those actually vinified In Australia. Greywacke is the label of Kevin Judd one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers. His Pinot Gris is a single vineyard bottling offering a stunningly rich and textural wine with plenty of pear and peach flavours coupled with a creamy, apple drenched finish. Alcohol 14%.

If time and finances had allowed a trip out from Sydney, over the Blue Mountains, to the Central Ranges region of New South Wales would have been ideal. Here the wine producing regions of Orange and Mudgee lie. I mention this as a second superb New World Pinot Gris is made here.

Logan Weemala Pinot Gris, 2011, Orange, Australia [Adegga / Snooth] (Retail around £11.99) has a Silvereye bird perched on a (vineyard trellising?) wire on the front. These are the ‘scourge of the vineyard’ according to the rear label. Silvereye have fine taste it would seem. They are believed to have crossed over to New Zealand during a storm and although not native there they are a protected species. Its Maori name, Tauhou, means “stranger” or more literally, “new arrival”.

“Weemala is both an aboriginal word for ‘good view’ and the name of our vineyard in the central ranges of NSW. As the birds that live here can testify, it does have a bloody good view.”

To accompany either or both of these superb wines how about something equally as rich and delicious, a tart with more than a passing nod to Pinot Gris’s ‘homeland’ Alsace, in the shape of a Zewelwai Onion Tart.

*The Sauvignon sampled in Sydney was their Wild Ferment Sauvignon, an oaky version, and not the unoaked bottle listed by the Wine Society I since discover. Slurp list the Wild Sauvignon for £20.95.

Photo Gallery: Wild Over Pinot Gris

2 Comments »

  1. Michael says:

    Having been in business in the catering industry in New Zealand and Australia for many years it is great(as a UK expat) to read your brilliant blog posts on the “New World” wines. Let’s hope they never become “old hat”!

    • I must admit I’ve not really explored the New World that much, especially Australia and New Zealand. I very much doubt they will ever be ‘old hat’…

Leave a Comment »




Advert

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Recent Posts

1
Apr

Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of aRead More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A London pop-up bar, right in the very centre of town, with one of the most superb views across the skyline. Welcome to the Vista LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I hadRead More

17
Jul

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

I might have let out an embarrassing yelp on the train up to London yesterday. To fill the journey I was scanning through my twitter feedRead More

14
Jul

Cité des civilisations du vin

By the time the next Fete du Vin rolls round the grand wine project in Bordeaux should be completed. As we hurtled passed – as IRead More

Top

© 2004-2014 Spittoon.biz All Rights Reserved