Monday, 18 April 2016

La La Land 2015 Pinot Gris - Murray Darling region

THE name may suggest they could be
away with the fairies, but this excellent
first white from the company is anything but.

A PINOT GRIS RIGHT OUT OF LA LA LAND

David Ellis

THEY'VE only been around since 2013 and to now have made just two wines, a Malbec and a Tempranillo, but unusually-named La La Land Wines that are part of the larger Wingara wine group, have now released their first white – a very more-ish 2015 Pinot Gris.

Made from fruit from the Murray Darling region that straddles the Murray River to embrace part of north-western Victoria and western NSW, this is a more-than rewarding drop that's both light and fresh, and has a flavoursome palate of crunchy nashi pear, white peach and hints of zingy lemon/lime.

And it can only help further cement Pinot Gris' currently bourgeoning popularity in this country, and which is interesting because the variety – whose history dates back to the Middle Ages in homeland Burgundy – is certainly anything than new here. For in fact it was first grown by James Busby who included Pinot Gris amongst some 363 vine cuttings he brought back with him in 1832 from a visit to Spain and France, and planted in what is now the Sydney Botanic Gardens.

The La La Land 2015 Pinot Gris is nicely priced at $16, and makes for a perfect match with sushi, fish tacos or a butter chicken.

18 Apr 16
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