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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

WBW #10: White Pinot

The theme for the tenth edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday is white Pinot, including Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

What to choose? I headed to wine-lover's heaven, Amato's in Leichhardt for a browse...

Amato's almost feels like a wine department store. Wines are sorted by country; Australian wines are sorted by state. There's an enormous walk-in fridge of beer slabs, a whole wall of liquers and aisles and aisles of wine...

About twenty intense mind-boggling minutes later, I finally emerged with a bottle of good ol' Brown Brothers Pinot Grigio. There'd been a write-up recently in the Herald as I recall and I wanted something Australian and something relatively reliable.

The label on the back of the bottle describes it as:

"A crisp dry white wine, this Pinot Grigio has pear, melon and stone fruit flavours. Enjoy within 2-3 years of vintage. Serve chilled with seafood."

The Brown Brothers website says:

"In the glass, the wine is a pale colour with youthful green tinges. The nose has lifted aromas of citrus and pear. These aromas follow through to the palate, which is crisp and mouth filling with a flinty finish. This refreshing wine is best served chilled and enjoyed within 1-2 years of vintage.

This crisp dry white is an extremely versatile wine. It would be suitably matched to pasta served with tuna, capers, a hint of lemon zest and a generous splash of a good quality olive oil. Alternatively crispy salmon served with herb mash and salad. Or a seafood salad flavoured with coriander, lemon grass, lime juice, hint of chilli and a touch of mint."

Our tasting notes:
We found the colour of the wine to be extremely pale, with hints of a greeny golden hue. There was quite a light fruity smell.

As for the taste... mmm... very drinkable! Light, clean and crisp, this had a lovely smoothness and would undoubtedly pair well with seafood or light Asian flavours. Some of us could detect the hints of pear and melon. I got a faint sense of hay.

Overall we all gave this the thumbs up. This would go down well in summer, and I'll definitely be remembering this one once the weather gets warm again.

Vineyard: Brown Brother's
Location: Victoria, Australia
Type: Pinot Grigio
Alcohol vol: 13.0%

Price: $19.95
From: Amato's, Leichhardt

Check out the full wrap-up of WBW white pinots coming soon to My Adventures in the Breadbox. Thanks to Alice for hosting, and coming up with such a great theme!

Shop 2, 267-277 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney
Tel: 02 9560 7628
Open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
2 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 6/08/2005 11:00:00 pm


  • At 6/09/2005 9:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi AG actually any type of rice dumpling will do, as long as it's yummy. was just thinking of having some since rice dumpling festival is coming...

    in singapore (and maybe malaysia) we have nyonya chang too (do you know what it is?), am very fond of it, but nevermind if you dont know what im talking about :)

  • At 6/10/2005 2:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds like a winner! Too bad I picked this theme during your winter...but it is summer where I'm at! :) Thanks for participating.


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