2012 Yalumba "Y" Pinot Grigio South Austrlia

SKU #1131217 89 points James Halliday

 No corners have been cut in this recipe, and it shows. Wild yeast fermentation on full solids and lees ageing build a wine of long, textural elegance. Subtle nashi pear, guava and grapefruit meet notes of earthy, leesy complexity and subtle nutmeg spice, underlined by crunchy acidity.  (7/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Light and refreshing, with grapefruit and melon flavors on a lithe frame, finishing dry. Drink now.  (5/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Y? Because wild yeast-fermented Pinot Grigio with on-the-lees ageing for just ten bucks and change is what we like. Winemaker's comment: "Straw with green highlights, the Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2012 displays as appealing mix of fresh aromas including poached pear, orange blossom and wild honey. The palate is refreshing and lively. It opens with layers of baked apple and pear skin flavours, which are complemented by succulent acidity and oatmeal texture from wild fermentation and less aging. Enjoy with anything and everything!"

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like GewŁrztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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South Australia