Mid straw in colour, the nose has an exotic mix of peach, papaya and tropical florals.
The palate is expansive and full bodied with lush fruit and spicy aromatics providing a very long finish.
A full-bodied, ‘Alsatian style’ Pinot Gris.
Winsor Dobbin, Lifestyle, The Sunday Examiner – 17 May, 2015
A serious estate-grown white wine that will appeal to red wine drinkers with its texture and complexity. Ripe tropical fruit flavours are to the fore in this new release wine,made available only when Bob and Rita Richter consider it to be at its optimum. This is full-bodied,plush and spicy, more forward than most other Tasmanian PGs. It has plenty of length and deserves to be enjoyed with dishes like poultry or veal schnitzel with creamy mushroom sauce.
David Ellis, online, Vintnews – 1 June, 2015
GREY SANDS DOES WELL DOING IT TOUGH
After living in England in the early 1980s and on their travels realising that some of the best wines in Europe came from cooler regions with impoverished soils, Rita and Bob Richter came back to Australia with their sights set on making similar top drops.
It meant a Graduate Diploma Course in Wine at Roseworthy Agricultural College for Bob, and then heading south to cool-climate Tasmania to choose a vineyard site with low fertility soil, in 1989 finding exactly what they were searching for at Glengarry that overlooks the Tamar Valley 30-minutes’ drive north-west of Launceston.
Simply fine grey sand over a hardpan and finally deeper good clay that vines’ deep roots love once they get there, Rita and Bob snapped it up, planted it to some dozen or so grape varieties and called it Grey Sands. And one variety really loving it’s seemingly tough conditions is Pinot Gris, with a just-released 2013 a smashing drop of lush ripe-peach fruit flavours, spicy aromatics and wonderfully balanced acidity.
The Richter’s deliberately don’t irrigate their Grey Sands Vineyard, so as to get maximum flavour concentration rather than maximum yield; do yourself a favour and at $40 partner their 2013 Pinot Gris with roast pork belly, loads of crackling and baked vegies. Available Cellar Door or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dilys – 8 December, 2015
Recently drank this wine at Roaring Grill in Hobart and absolutely fell in love.
Rita Richter – 8 December, 2015
Thank you for your comment. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your order.
Patrick Eckel posted 31.3.16 http://winereviewer.com.au/pinot-gris/2013-grey-sands-pinot-gris – 1 April, 2016
2013 Grey Sands Pinot Gris
This is one serious Pinot Gris, there is depth and layers of tropical fruits with beautifully managed acidity and the slightest lees induced complexity.
A light yellow in the glass, the nose is aromatic with musk and banana nestled alongside ripe nectarine and quince.
Full bodied and delicious, this wine ticks all the boxes, there is a richness of fruit that echoes the nose with tropical fruit and quince, the finish gives the impression of residual sugar with balance that is reminiscent of the racy interplay between some of the great Alsace Pinot Gris that i have tried, worthy of it’s price point and a wine to seek out.
When to Drink
2016 – 2020
03 26, 2016
Submitted by D.K via email 15.4.17 – 26 April, 2017
2013 Pinot Gris is pure Alsace. Bright high notes on the nose, VERY fruity, almost sweet (though this is the 1.5% higher alcohol than the 2014, I suspect). I highly fruit-driven palate, with a good long finish. Very nice with gravad lax (If you make it yourself; the kind you can buy in the shops does not have enough flavour to make it worthwhile), as it cuts through the oiliness of the salmon.
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