2019 Babo Pinot Grigio
Friuli, in the far northeast of Italy, has a reputation for making the country's best white wines. Winemaker Justin Bubb explains, "The key to this region is the difference in diurnal temperature. In the growing season the days are very warm but the nights freezing. This allows a nice, long ripening and wonderful aromatics for the white wines".
From a 30-year-old site in San Martino al Tagliamento, near Pordenone, the vineyard sits at the base of the Alps and the soils are a mix of clay and alpine gravel from alluvial deposits.
Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Fresh pear and red apple scents mix with hints of dried honey and wet stone. Supple and nicely rounded texturally, the palate is layered with pear and red apple fruits which overlay a back drop of subtle dried honey, wet stone and light spice. Finishes dry with a lick of fresh acidity and a lingering aftertaste.
Drink over the next 1-2 years.
Friuli, 28 year old vines.
Gee, they’ve done very well here. Green melon, pear, cut fennel. Cool feel, a subtle raw almond flavour, fine chalk dust texture, a smattering of perfumed green herb, and a long and lightly grippy finish. Top shelf. Drink 2020-2024.
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front