I have mentioned several times recently that I have taken an interest in the various guises of Pinot Gris - aka Pinot Grigio and the likes.
I am particularly fond of a Pinot Grigio from the Venice Region in Italy, my favourite drink when lunching at Ventuno in Walsh Bay.
So, it was with quite some excitment that I opened a bottle of Far Ago Hill Pinot Gris today.
Just the name conjures a hint of nostalgia and remoteness, with a hint of solitude and tranquility to enjoy this wine.
It was was presented to me by the "vigneron" herself, Katrina Hill, who also happens to be a famous Interior Designer in Sydney, with whom I had professional dealing for a good fifteen years...
We reconnected recently and that's when I discovered that she was the happy owner of a vineyard dedicated to this grape, all 6 acres of it, that is...The plantings were originally coming from Alsace and by some coincidence the terroir of the vineyard is very close in composition to the original: intriguing to say the least...
I have to admit that I have not had a bottle of Alsacian Pinot Gris from quite some time, so I didn't even try to compare them (I might indulge in such a treat next week-end - see below), but the surprise was the strong smell of apple at first and then the whole complexity and true nature of the wine hits you, and it is a beautiful sensation.
I am no wine critic, just a humble amateur, but let's just say that James Halliday has given a 94 point rating to this wine. I had some Friday night with a Barramundi filet and grilled asparagus and the bulk of it today with the recipe described in my previous post - perfect match each time!
So as a comparison, I found this review of a good French Pinot Gris on Snooth: Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvee Romanus 2010.
Here is what Gregory Dal Piaz has to say: "This is rather aromatic with notes of bitter apples, quartz, dusty tree bark and a light, almost honied, spice tone with a touch of musk. Rather focused on entry, this broadens nicely on the back end where it reveals a richly fruited sweet core of fruit. There’s a touch of spice here as well, adding some complexity. The acidity is bright but well-balanced. Not profound, but this delivers a lovely balance of fruit and spice that shows excellent persistence and adds a little mineral on the finale"
Read more: http://www.snooth.com/wine/lucien-albrecht-pinot-gris-cuvee-romanus-alsace-2010/#ixzz2BEatNsHn
It is interesting to note that the French version also comes with a first nose of apples, isn't it?
Well done, Katrina!
BTW, Katrina employs the good services of the team at Lark Hill, near Canberra, certainly one of my favourite wineries in Australia.
So don't take my word for it, rush to Katrina's website to order some, as it is in short supply: www.faragohill.com
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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