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Winner Details

Varietal Classics: Pinot Grigio

2015: Gold 2 Silver 2 Bronze 2 Commended 7
2014: Gold 3 Silver 0 Bronze 2 Commended 3

Pinot Grigio is like Strictly… not much critical credibility but popular with the masses. And while the trade might struggle to get excited about it, most somms are quite happy to see the money rolling in from it. As usual, this year was a straight fight between New Zealand and Italy, but the fact that honours were so evenly shared suggests the Kiwis are starting to really get the hang of this variety – and doing so at half-decent prices, too.

FOOTNOTE: The price limit for the Varietal Classics category is £12 ex-VAT. New World Pinot Grigio/Gris can also be entered in the relevant New World category.

From the Tasting Teams

‘There was quite a mix of styles in the New World flight – of Gris and Grigio. But there was some good subtlety at the upper end. More like from Trentino or Alto Adige.’ Neil Bruce, Studio Alto

‘Our customers look for Pinot Grigio. It’s a good wine by the glass. The pricier wines here were elegant and even subtle – not what you expect. But you can get the cheaper ones on the list for under £30, and you can sell a lot of it for that price.’ Matteo Malquori, Hakkasan Hanway Place

‘Joe Bloggs likes this style of wine. It’s a classic by the glass glugger.’ Charles Van Wyk, FJB Hotels

‘Considering the pricing started at just above house wine level, they showed pretty well. But I’m not sure people ask for Pinot Grigio in the way that they used to.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘We gave two Golds, one purely on value. [The Fairhall Cliffs] totally over-delivered for the price.’ Richard Bampfield MW, team leader

‘There was none of that maligned neutrality here, all of these Pinot Grigios really had lots of flavour.’ Richard Brooks, Caroline Catering

Award winners

Found 13 wines

Varietal Classics: Pinot Grigio - <£12 ex-VAT

Marisco Vineyards, Fairhall Cliffs, Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

Fresh, gentle and approachable – and remarkable value – gave our first Gold in this section to Marisco. 'Very pale pink with gold notes and aromas of ripe pears with floral notes and ginger spice,’ began team leader Tom Forrest, adding: ‘Oily note of ripe Conference pear with a mineral finish.’ 'Pleasing ripeness on the nose follows through to rich fruit flavours,' said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£6.58 Majestic Commercial

Alpha Zeta, Terrapieno Single Vineyard, Pinot Grigio 2014, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Excellent flavour and nice lift, this is subtle and refined, with a fresh, scented finish,' said team leader Richard Bampfield MW, illustrating why Alpha Zeta scooped Gold. ‘Candied pear and pear drop aromas with hints of peachy white flesh,’ added Oscar Miller of Vinoteca King's Cross, continuing ‘More rounded acidity and a good length finish, with refreshing lemon acidity.’ One to match with fish.

£8.00 Liberty Wines

Cavit, Terrazze della Luna, Pinot Grigio 2014, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Some complexity in the style, with spice notes as well as ripe citrus freshness,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS. ‘Floral and light, with hints of under-ripe peach,’ added Oscar Miller of Vinoteca King's Cross.

£5.75 Boutinot

Rongopai, Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

Highlighting its ‘creamy texture and hint of mineral’, team leader Tom Forrest noted: ‘Pale gold in colour, with citrus and ripe pear on the nose. Juicy Conference pear character and a fresh finish.’

£7.50 Molson Coors

Bartolomeo Breganze, Le Colline di San Giorgio, Pinot Grigio 2014, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Dry and light with approachable acidity,’ began Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels, continuing: ‘Good clean fruit aromas with subtle tropical notes of pineapple and melon, with hints of stone fruits, such as peach.’

£5.54 Majestic Commercial

Huia, Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

‘With its subtle, delicately fruity aromas and dry, gentle fruit character on the palate, this shows a persistent elegance,’ said Neil Bruce of Studio Alto.

£11.88 Bibendum

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2014, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.05 Boutinot

Argento, Pinot Grigio 2014, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£6.74 Bibendum

Opawa, Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£8.86 Negociants

Tinpot Hut, Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough , New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£9.55 Liberty Wines

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio Riserva 2013, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

Mezzacorona, Castel Firmian, Pinot Grigio 2014, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Borgo Conventi, Collio, Pinot Grigio 2013, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.83 Alivini


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