Without being completely disparaging to many of the market leaders, there is Pinot Gris and there is Pinot Gris. By that we mean that the best selling, mass produced examples serve a purpose but can hardly be considered the best of their variety. The collection features 3 bottles each of 4 of the best examples of Pinot Gris in one single box that have scored 93 points or better from Australia's leading wine critics.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles Hoddles Creek Pinot Gris 2019
3 bottles Tar & Roses Pinot Grigio 2019
3 bottles Lobethal Road Pinot Gris 2018
3 bottles Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio 2018
While pinot gris/grigio has taken a chunk of market-share off sauvignon blanc, it’s often held in the same regard when it comes to diversity in style. Hoddles Creek has worked hard to shape their own style, with whole bunch fermentation and time on skins giving their much-anticipated release a bolder and more serious personality than most. Salmon pink in the glass – confident. There’s a reductive element at play ahead of savoury, skinsy aromas. Pink pears and pear skins, a lovely sense of grip – intense, with compact fruit. Mandarin and bruised red apples. It has excellent length, under-written by skin tannin and whole bunch work. Benchmark. Ageing: now to 2025; Rating: 95 Points; Nick Butler; The Real Review
Pale ballet slipper pink in colour. Nashi pears and white peach on the nose with hints of guava, floral blossom and citrus notes of mandarin. The palate is generous with abundant fruit sweetness of mandarins and pears, classic pinot grigio viscosity, well balanced with fine acidity, long and lingering.
Trophy - Best Pinot Grigio - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019
Top Gold & 96 Points - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019
The fruit comes from three elevated, cool sites. Hand-picked, 80% whole-bunch pressed into stainless steel fermenters, 20% fermented in used French barriques with lees stirring and partial mlf. High quality gris, complex but not clumsy; a bright, crisp finish to the orchard fruit at the wheel. Drink by: 2023; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
From three vineyards, the fruit chilled and whole-bunch pressed, the wine cool-fermented and racked as quickly as possible, with no lees contact. Quartz-white, musk/pear/lifesaver scents, the palate remarkably intense and long. Three gold medals, trophy WineWise. A serious wine of high quality. Drink by: 2023; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2018; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion