2011 De Bortoli La Boheme Act Three Pinot Gris and Friends

Pinot Gris and Friends? There aren’t many of them in wine media circles ;-) Seriously though, I like aromatic white blends and the addition of a splash of Gewürztraminer along with a drop of Riesling goes a long way towards making this a much more interesting drink. You can pick each component quite easily but they work together well.

It’s fairly restrained on the nose – almost elusive but in a way that captivates you and draws you in. Rose petals, pear, spice and piquant lime with tropical notes building through the line towards a nutty conclusion. Cool vintage acidity but not too firm. Amicable texture without anything oily or greasy popping up; you can thank laudable use of large format oak and lees for that. Intelligent winemaking and the result is a casual and enjoyable drink with more than a touch of personality. 89 Good

Region: Yarra Valley
Alcohol: 12.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $20
Tasted: November 2012


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