The once relatively unknown Pinot Gris grape (also known as Pinot Grigio) has become one of Australia’s most fashionable whites. It is a white grape, with greyish pink skin.
Where does the Pinot Gris come from?
The grape originated in France and is known as Pinot Gris, where it is most cultivated in the region of Alsace. Across the border, in Italy, it is known as Pinot Grigio. And although it’s the same grape, the wine styles of Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are a little different.
Pinot, which was originally known as Pineau, is derived from the word for ‘pine’ because the grape bunches of the Pinot family have a similar appearance to pine cones. ‘Gris’ means ‘grey’ in French and it likely received this name because when ripe, the grape takes on a dusky greyish sheen.
Pinot Gris is grown around the globe in wine regions such as Marlborough in New Zealand, Washington and Oregon in the US, and Tasmania and South Australia.
Pinot Gris vines were first brought to Australia in 1832 as Pineau Gris from the Cote-d’Or in France by the father of Australian viticulture, James Busby.
What can I expect from Edenvale Pinot Gris?
A beautifully balanced Australian Pinot Gris, the Edenvale Pinot Gris is vibrant and juicy, with the hallmark ‘Gris’ texture, and mouth-watering flavours of ripe stone fruit, poached pear and apricot.
An enticing new addition to the Edenvale range, our Pinot Gris is made from the finest quality south eastern Australian wine grapes. We use advanced alcohol extraction technology to delicately remove the alcohol, preserving the healthy antioxidants, vitamins and varietal integrity.
Edenvale Pinot Gris contains less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume, a level similar to that found in natural fruit juices.
What temperature should Edenvale Pinot Gris be served at?
Aromatic whites like Pinot Gris are best enjoyed when lightly chilled to 6 to 8 degrees Celsius. Serving the wine too cold or too warm will mask the flavours.
What foods match Pinot Gris?
Pinot Gris goes well with many foods. It’s ideal with salads, pasta, white meat and most fish dishes. And its richness also enables it to ably complement heartier fare, such as veal chops, chicken casseroles, as well as hard cheeses.
Where can I buy it?
Edenvale Pinot Gris is available exclusively through our online store at this stage. Why not try it today?
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