Whites From Left-field
Here I go again, extolling the virtues of left-field white varietals and blends. A feller can only drink so much chardonnay, riesling, semillon and sauvignon blanc.
We need variety in our diet. Among the 85 ‘alternative’ white variety reviews uploaded this month are fiano, vermentino, arneis, viognier, verdelho, gewürztraminer, marsanne, roussanne, gruner veltliner, chenin blanc, torrontes, and a whole lot of pinot gris/grigio.
Of the gris/grigios, Tasmania shone, with Bay of Fires (tasting), a trusty performer, and Andrew Pirie’s new wine, Apogee (tasting), scoring strongly. For something different and affordable try a bottle of Rutherglen Estates Renaissance Viognier Roussanne Marsanne (tasting).