Just when I thought I was beginning to get a handle on wine stuff and hopefully helping you to as well, this wine comes along! So much for useful label hints such as Shiraz equals plump, fruity, Aussie-style wine; Syrah is still peppery and fruity but more restrained, as traditionally made by the French. Same grape; different wine styles.
This is usually the case with Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris too. But here we have The Ned Pinot Grigio 2012 hiding its richer and spicier (almost Alsatian) nature under a more straightforward moniker. Buyer beware – this wine is very different to your average lighter, less complex Italian Pinot Grigio.
I recently favourably reviewed this wine’s Sauvignon Blanc sibling and the Pinot Grigio gets the thumbs up from me too. And no, I’m not on commission to Brent Marris the winemaker!
I’ve had a little vinous crush since the moment I first poured a couple of sips of this wine into a glass. Its faint salmon pink blush colour, much more delicate even than a Provencal rosé, is very attractive. My mobile phone snap doesn’t do it justice.
The delicate colouring belies greater intensity of aromas and flavours. It smells of pears, nectarines and blossom. For me, the pear flavours evolve into slightly spicy peaches. It’s very fruity, but that’s balanced with good acidity. This is a dry wine, but its intense fruitiness makes it seem less dry. The wine seems to have some texture and is satisfying to drink. Its got great length as the stone fruit flavours linger on. I also thought I detected a bit of a tingle on the tongue and a tiny fizz on opening the bottle.
“Intriguing colour and I like it,” said The Analyst simply. Me too, despite its confusing label! We drank this wine alongside roast chicken, I’d really like to try it with a lightly spicy thai curry. The alcohol level is 13.5%.
The Ned Pinot Grigio 2012 is available at Waitrose, Majestic and Sainsburys. Its regular price is £9.99 – although it is currently on offer at the latter two stores as part of current promotions.
W.O.W. factor 7