Organic Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio Pack
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GrapesPinot GrisPinot Grigio
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Should I choose Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio?
"What's the difference anyway?" Let us explain.
Firstly, the grape for both is identical and it is a white grape variety that originated in the Burgundy region in France. It is a close relative of Pinot Noir and has characteristic greyish-blueish-pinkish skin colour, hence the origin of the name: Gris = Grey in French.
Subsequently Pinot Gris found its ideal French home in the Alsace region of France. But just across the border in Italy, this little greyish grape also gained favour, where it was known as Pinot Grigio.
Ok, same grape, so why do they taste different?
Over time, the French took their style in one direction, and the Italians chose a different path, most probably based somewhat on climatic conditions, cultural taste preferences and local cuisine.
So while they are the same grape, the two names have come to infer two different styles of wine, based on those origins.
Characteristics common to both styles
Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris wines are quite aromatic with flavours and aromas including citrus peel, pear, apple, melon and tropical fruit, with some spice and floral notes. The colour can range from yellow to copper-pink. Acidity levels are usually quite low. In general they are great food-friendly wines.
Pinot Gris Style
Grapes are left to ripen longer for a fuller, richer wine, also usually resulting in slightly higher alcohol. Pinot Gris wines are full-bodied, richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture, sometimes with a hint of sweetness. They also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.
Pinot Grigio Style
Grapes are harvested early to make a lighter crisper style of wine with a bit more acid. Italian Pinot Grigio's are immensely popular, typically lighter-bodied, crisp, fresh, with citrus, vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas with a touch of spice.
|6 x 750mL
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