De Bortoli here intentionally blur the already fuzzy lines of Gris and Grigio….It’s all Pinot G, right? Well this is “a light bodied Pinot Gris” with a “splash of Riesling and a mix of Italian varieties.” To be exact: 86% Pinot Gris, 5.5% Riesling and the remaining 8.5% made up of Fiano, Pinot Blanc, Greco and Arneis. Fruit split is 63% Riverina, 37% King Valley
The bottle is a bold statement with it’s square shoulders, reduced neck size and brash labeling. it leaves no doubt there’s a target market this is aiming to hit and it’s probably safe to say that market is not males, aged 18-24 years old.
De Bortoli, Pinot G, Riverina, King Valley, 2018
Crisp pears, warm pannetone slices and brown spices. A little punchy, a little heft. Juicy cutting citrus and brown pear. Flavour doesn’t last a long time, but it’s a clean and balanced wine which hits the mark it is reaching for.
Wine sample courtesy of De Bortoli Wines