Karrawatta Sophie’s Hill Pinot Grigio 2014 Review
Ahhh, the Adelaide Hills… I am just picturing sitting down with a glass of wine, late afternoon breeze coming through, sun starting to set and about to tuck into some amazing local food that’s sitting in front of me. The Adelaide Hills has to be one of my favourite places in the world to visit.
Well, I’m not in the Adelaide hIlls, but this is seriously where this wine took me. I think it was because I was surprised, not that this was such a good wine, just that well, I absolutely loved it – a Pinot Grigio and I loved it! You see, I’ve sort of turned into a PInot Gris sort of guy over the last few years, which somehow seemed to make any Pinot Grigio I drank, disappoint. Often they were a little bit too bland or neutral, maybe even boring. So, it was certainly a wake-up call trying this one as the Karrawatta Sophie’s Hill Pinot Grigio didn’t disappoint.
For those that weren’t aware, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio is made from the same grape. The difference is really in the way the winemaker makes the style of their wine, particularly here in Australia. Some will make it a little more in the French style and call it a Pinot Gris, and others will make it a little more in the Northern Italian style and call it a Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio is usually a little lighter in style, crisp and with a natural acidity, while the Pinot Gris’ usually have a little more spice & character, which lately at least, I usually prefer. That said, both styles can vary considerably still.
So, let’s get to the Karrawatta Pinot Grigio and delve into my tasting notes…
The colour was simply gorgeous. It was summer all over, with a light straw, a light golden summer evening colour with pear and subtle stone fruits on the nose. It was certainly crisp and refreshing on the palate and while high in acid it was perfectly balanced on the finish. I think it was the finish that did it for me. Sometimes a Pinot Grigio can be a little neutral on the finish but this just had the slightest a hint of spice and a richness that just left me craving more. A lovely mouthfeel, yet still subtle. This was delicious…
Could it be my favourite Pinot Grigio ever? It would have to be up there. Since I haven’t had a really good one for a while, then perhaps I was swayed a little more than usual? Well, I guess I’ll probably just have to order more in to see if it’s just as good next time.