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Erste & Neue Pinot Grigio Alto Adige DOC 2018

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Erste & Neue’s Pinot Grigio is an Italian Pinot Gris from the small Alpine wine region of Alto Adige. It’s an unoaked, fruit-driven white wine with complex flavours and a medium body from lees ageing

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Wine Style

White Wine, Aromatic White

Grape Variety

Pinot Grigio

Wine Region

Alto Adige








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Tasting Notes

Pinot Gris is not as popular as it ought to be in my opinion; many people have been put off by the commercial versions – inexpensive, easy to drink, light wines which are sometimes bitter and often lacking in any fruit flavours.  This top end Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris from Italian winery, Erste & Neue, is something quite different, a really classy white wine.

This wine is very light in colour and with a pink tinge which comes from the white Pinot Gris grapes.  The aromas are quite subtle – and if the wine is too cold they will be difficult to appreciate – but fruit is the overriding feature – citrus, pears, ripe green apple with hints of herbs and honeysuckle.  The cool temperature fermentation shows in the dominance of fruit flavours – pears, white peach, lychee, lime cordial and green apple – but there is added complexity from the ageing of the wine on its lees.


The wine has quite a delicate texture but at the same time it coats the mouth with its delicious fruit flavours, creaminess and hint of warm spice. This is an elegant wine, medium-bodied yet light with distinctive aromas and a complex palate. I love this wine.

Food Pairing

The producer suggests this is “An excellent wine for oysters and other fish dishes.” I agree. It has sufficient body to stand up to a wide range of foods but very strong flavours would mask the beauty of this wine. Enjoy it on its own too.

  • Serve at: 7 – 9oC

Producer's Notes

“This Pinot Grigio is graced with lovely purity in its clean, focused fruit. There is a wonderful warmth that radiates through the wine even if this remains a fresh, mineral-driven style of Pinot Grigio.”

“… The best part… is the irresistible price point.“

90 points – Wine Spectator – Aug 2019
“This fragrant, savoury wine opens with aromas of white stone fruit, yellow wildflower and a whiff of hazelnut. It’s medium bodied and juicy, doling out ripe Bartlett pear and creamy apple alongside a tangy mineral note. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced.“

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