Pinot gris or grigio (gris and grigio translate to ‘grey’ in French and Italian respectively) is known for its zippy and fresh characteristics. When it comes to Australia, pinot gris/grigio thrive in Victoria and Tasmania.
Winemaker Michael Aylward says: The pinot gris comes from our home site in Shoreham where our winery is. It was also the first variety Ocean Eight made a wine from – back in 2006. These vines grow on a very special part of the Peninsula.
Best enjoyed: Pinot gris is a wine that matches perfectly with Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. Pair the 2022 with dishes that use flavours like lemongrass, star anise, chilli, coconut, or coriander – each really amplify the beauty of pinot gris.
RRP $42 | Drink to 2025 | oceaneight.com.au
Owner Vanessa Bagot says: Over the years we have owned our vineyard, our pinot gris has been consistently impressive; not because of anything we have done, but by virtue of harmony with the terroir and the wine style we aspire to create.
Best enjoyed: Pinot gris is a spring and autumn wine that is best enjoyed as the sun goes down. Drink it moderately chilled so the flavour and texture are shown at their best. Pair the gris with seared Tasmanian salmon.
RRP $36 | Drink to 2027 | barringwood.com.au
Winemaker Dave Whyte says: The Nook Pinot Grigio is a full-flavoured and approachable style of wine. The grapes have come off a vineyard that is nestled almost 400 metres above sea level on the east-facing sloped of the King Valley. The climate is cool, and the ripening occurs later in the season, so we get a really nice acid and fruit ripeness balance.
Best enjoyed: The best time to enjoy our pinot grigio is in the warmth of summer when you’re sitting by the beach (or river in our case). It's best served cold, and keeping the summer and water themes in mind, we tend to pair our pinot grigio with spicy fish tacos. The vibrant flavours of the tacos are balanced by the crisp acidity of our pinot grigio.
RRP $25 | Drink now | bullerwines.com.au