Riversdale Estate Pinot Gris is a classy wine which is long, elegant style. Floral, spiced pears, mineral, it is delicate but not lacking. The palate has great intensity of fruit in the mid-palate but mellows out to a clean, dry finish. Easily mistakable for Alsace, this wine is one of the best Australian Gris I have tasted.
Riversdale Estate is 38ha located 20km from Hobart in the Coal River Valley. It is family owned and is currently in its sixth-generation working this property. With Frogmore Creek’s Alain Rousseau currently making the wines, they are outstanding.
The beautiful island south of the Australian mainland that has carved out a reputation for quality sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. Tasmania’s cooler climate regions and longer growing season make it perfect for aromatic styles of wine. A wealth of quality focussed producers has helped lift the status of the whole island. Interestingly, despite obvious difference, there is only the one GI in Tassie.
Gris and Grigio are in fact the same variety and both names mean grey in French and Italian respectively. Which is somewhat deceptive because the grapes can be almost blue when ripe. The great wines of Alsace and North-Eastern Italy often feature Pinot Grigio. It grows all over the world now too. AKA Grauburgunder in Germany.