If you’re after a well made, clean and friendly Australian Grigio then you could do a lot worse than this effort from Angullong. Their estate vineyard sits between 600 and 640 metres above sea level, making it one of the lower altitude sites in Orange and contributing to the significant amount of flavour on offer. I spoke to owner/manager Ben Crossing when I was in Orange last week (a trip I’ll write about in more depth soon) and they are considering making a more neutral style in the future. I must admit I’m not really sure what consumers want from Gris/Grigio and sometimes I suspect they don’t really care so long as the words Gris or Grigio are on the label. Anyway, I digress.
Like the almond and almond skin aromas and flavours. They’re the highlight of the wine for me. Otherwise there are riper pear characters and some citrus. Just under medium-bodied with good shape and a dry finish. Nothing much to criticise here. I don’t find it cynical even if it won’t appear on my shopping list. It should perform well in the marketplace. 88
Tasted: November 2013