The longer I run this website, the more I find that the wines that interest me the most are the ones nobody reads about. I don’t think it’s that others wouldn’t enjoy them, they’re just unique gems that folks don’t come across every day and therefore aren’t searching for info about them. This is one of those wines.
When you think of German wines, most people think of riesling. And for good reason. Germany produces a lot of riesling… and a lot of good riesling. But they do other good wines too. And I too am guilty of stereotyping Germany. Before tasting this wine I probably wouldn’t have thought of Germany for pinot gris, or grauburgunder as they call it. But now I know they can produce some killer pinot gris.
This wine has a nice golden straw color and powerful aromatics. I didn’t even have to bring this wine to my nose, the aromas were jumping out at me from a foot away. Intense floral, pear, lemon and mineral aromas give this wine a fabulous nose. The palate is also quite nice, offering well balanced pear, apple, lychee and lemon flavors with a creamy mouthfeel. The acidity is just right. It finishes long and luscious with lingering crisp fruit flavors. This is the way pinot gris should taste.
Wine: Salwey Grauburgunder
Variety: Pinot Gris
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.