The start to the week has us heading for a typical Melbourne Spring. Warm Monday then a baking Tuesday (well, it felt that way on the basketball courts). Then as I’m typing this, the nightly silence of my quiet street is occasionally punctuated by the heavy drops of rain hitting my balcony. Bet that won’t last long. I’ve been quite hasty pulling out the wines this evening, the warm air and my bowl of noodles with minced pork, string beans and chilli oil was just too inviting a combination.
With the magic of the screwcap, I’ve pulled out the last of two 2010 Pinot Grigios, a Tars & Roses and a Jack Rabbit. Almost 4+ years since their release, the freshness of these wine clearly demonstrate the value of the screwcap for extending the life of white wines that would otherwise be typically consumed within the first 2 years.
The Jack Rabbit Pinot Grigio 2012 is from the Bellarine Peninsula, the across-the-bay brother of the Mornington Peninsula. Similarly classified as a cool climate area, it’s a lot flatter and the bay breeze does penetrate inland somewhat effectively. This pale yellow Pinot Grigio weighs in at 13.4% alc and won Best of Show at the International Cool Climate Awards in 2013. Light aromas of green pear, kumquat spritz, creamy custard, hint of curing brine. A tasty medium-bodied wine, rich white peach and pear flavours with a firm acidic backbone. The broad flavour palate is very enjoyable, and a long lingering finish. This would be great with some oysters to start, followed by grilled strips of peppers, green olives and fat buttered up scallops! Drink now. 90. $25, 2015 vintage sold out.
Moving way inland towards Nagambie, the Tar & Roses Pinot Grigio 2012 is slightly cheaper and more easily found at your usual wine stores ~$18/btl. It’s got a much deeper yellow colour than the Jack Rabbit, with a slight pink tinge even. A much more revealing and open nose, stewed green pear, musk, ripening nectarines. 13.8% alc, sheer palate cleansing acidity, this medium-bodied wine leaves a bone-dry residue of pear, quince, stonefruit flavours. The finish fades out nicely. Drink now. 88.
Much younger, and from even further North in the King Valley, the D’Sas Pinot Gris 2015 makes for easy drinking at $22, purchased from Black Hearts & Sparrows. Pale coloured, young fresh notes of nashi pear and white grapefruit, touch of Indian cooking spice too. This single vineyard wine has a fleshy mouthfeel, delicious, the acidity isn’t too striking but it’s definitely there. 13.5% alc. The filling texture makes it ideal for roast chicken with potatoes and gravy, or a rich creamy tortellini with rare veal medallions. Drink now. 89.