Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2022
Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Grigio
Growing Region: Valle dell’Adige - Italy
Chief Winemaker: Loris Vazzoler
I have made my way to just north of Venice in northern Italy on a number of occasions to spend quality time with my good friends at Santa Margherita. Enjoying my time is the easy part, saying good bye and leaving is extremely difficult, with their vibrant wine’s authentic cuisine and wonderful people. I love so much the whole approach and attention to detail with all aspects of winemaking, which has to be seen to be believed. They have some of the most responsible vineyard practices you could ask and arguably the most up-to-date and conscientious processes.
I have mentioned before their incredible foresight and investment in sustainable viticulture. Their use of biomass and solar energy production to make their own 'light-weight' wine bottles in their onsite glass factory. But all this said - they do not forget about the quality of the wine - and even though this is a crisp, light style white wine - it is the benchmark style around the globe. Since 1961 Santa Margherita has been setting the standard, crafting a vibrant expression of this lightly pink-skinned varietal grown in the Trentino - Alto Adige region of northern Italy. Where the vines thrive, producing citrus, mineral characters, with a fresh and fragrant aroma and upbeat palate.
Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio has a phenomenal worldwide recognition, the expression by which all other ‘dry-style’ Pinot Grigio’s are measured. The winemaking for this expression is diligently restrained but with a clear philosophy to stamp a local signature on this charming and understated wine.
★ In your glass you have a luminous pale straw colour and shining hue. This wine has uplifted aromas of crisp green apples, pears, along with citrus zest and a note of white peach. These upbeat nuances dance delicately across the palate, celebrating those energetic citrus and pip-fruit flavours which kiss and excite the tastebuds. This vibrant style stimulates the senses with a solid heart-beat of natural fruit acidity and a defined mineral seam. The wine has an infectious vitality, making it a most appealing of summer wines and finishing crisp dry.
This 2022 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio has 12.5% Alc./vol. Made is a classic dry style. Chill gently and serve in an aromatic, light wine glass at around 8°- 9°C. *NZ$29.99
CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Article Posted 19/10/23)
Drinking perfectly well this season; plus can hold nicely for another 18 - 24 months.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine as an aperitif, plus will pair with shellfish, simply prepared calamari, sardine salads, freshly made basil pesto w/ shaved parmesan linguine, a vegetarian, lemon & herb tagliatelle plus sharp white cheeses - enjoy.