Sixty-Second Swirl by Brent Lello, Yass Valley Times Wine Columnist

Judging by Pinot Gris’ increasing share of bottle shop shelves, this varietal wine has become hugely popular with punters.  This trend is likely because Pinot Gris is super food-friendly, it’s always crisp and refreshing and its flavour characteristics can be as varied as the landscapes in which the grape is grown.  There are some excellent examples in the Yass Valley region, and this week’s ‘swirl’ – the Quarry Hill “Two Places” Pinot Gris 2021 – is a ripper.

The “Two Places” moniker is a nod to the fact that the grapes were sourced from the Hilltops and Murrumbateman regions.

The wine is vibrantly bright and flashy in the glass with an attractive colour blush of smoked salmon pink.  A swirl reveals aromas of freshly cut sun-kissed pears and gala apples with a waft of watermelon.

The palate is fresh and lively with crisp pear, apple and citrus flavours, and a tantalising tingle of acidity that leads to a clean, refreshing finish.

We enjoyed our bottle with fettuccine pasta with smoked salmon, sour cream, capers and lemon zest, but would go really well with crispy skin salmon with a beurre blanc sauce or a grilled swordfish steak with olive tapenade.

I bought my bottle from ‘Uncle Dan’s but you can also buy it for $27 online.