There’s a more and more Pinot Blanc/Bianco/Weissburgunder seeing the light of day. It gets the light fruitiness of a SB, but finishing with a more structured mouth-feel Most of the labels so far have come from cooler regions, such as the King Valley in Victoria and Clarence Plains, near Hobart, Tasmania. This a good value introduction to the variety, coming from a predominantly warm inland region.
Calabria Wines, Private Bin C12, Pinot Bianco, Riverina, 2015
Really like the label on the Calabria Family wines, the implied rusticity doesn’t cheapen the packaging at all. Anyways, this hits off with tropical green papaya and pineapple heart balanced by dried pine needles. There’s also an almost spirituous, Manzanilla edge wafting around. Reasonably full palate with pithy tropical fruits, a little raisin and some brown spice. Juicy acidity keeps it nervy and finishing tight.
Wine sample courtesy of Calabria Family Wines