I’m taking a quick break from my Moscato experiments to drink some dryer offerings. I think it was necessary. Either that or my blood sugar was going to be off the chart. I had the Jacob’s Creek PG not too long ago, so I thought I’d pull another ubiquitous Australian from the store shelves for comparison’s sake.
Wine: Bin 85 Pinot Grigio
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Notes: The color of this inexpensive Pinot Grigio was a very pale yellow. On the nose, I found extremely faint scents of citrus and pear. The body on this little number was very light. Alcohol was at 11.5%, and acidity was quite good. On the tongue, I found a core of grapefruit flavor that stayed from start to finish. In addition, there were pleasant notes of pear and grass as well as hints of herbs along the way. Accompanying the grapefruit across the palate was an underlying minerality – a counterpoint to the citrus. Not surprisingly, the finish held a zip of grapefruit zest. All this sounds like a glass of fermented grapefruit juice, but don’t be fooled. Like the wine itself, the flavors are fairly subtle. Although slightly favoring acidity over light sweetness, I found the balance in the Bin 85 to be quite good. I thought this was a nice, brisk, refreshing wine from the folks at Lindeman’s.
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