Hill & Dale Pinot Grigio 2012 vs. Two Oceans Pinot Grigio 2012

Mother's little helpers.

Pinot Grigio is the common Italian name for the French variety Pinot Gris. A mutation of Pinot Noir, it typically makes gently perfumed, fruity white wines. Despite being responsible for a sea of reasonably undistinguished wines, it has acquired a huge popular following internationally. There were 276.4ha of it in South Africa at the end of 2011, making it the 24th most planted variety.

Two newly released local examples:

Hill & Dale Pinot Grigio 2012: 14.5/20
Recommended retail price: R39
Very expressive on the nose with notes of peach, litchis and yellow roses. The palate is juicy with relatively soft acidity and a rather short finish. Not unappealing but entirely straightforward.

Two Oceans Pinot Grigio: 13.5/20
Recommended retail price: R30
Neutral on the nose and palate. Clean and fresh but lacking any distinctive character. Utterly generic.

Who drinks this stuff? I wondered on tasting these two examples. And then I answered my own question. Desperate housewives…

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  1. Guy WebberJune 7, 2012 at 8:23 amReply

    “Desperate Housewives” Christian…………? Admit it, you loved them! lol

  2. corlienJune 6, 2012 at 9:00 amReply

    What was the alc levels? Another reason for drinking a btl with the girls whilst waiting for collection time at school I guess. 

    • ChristianJune 6, 2012 at 1:55 pmReplyAuthor

      The Hill & Dale had an abv of 12% and the Two Oceans 11.5%.

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