There is a lot of talk amongst people within the wine industry about what wine will be in fashion this summer. Many say rosé wines will be all the rage, while others suggest it will be Pinot Gris. However, what if you could have a wine that borrows from both rosé and Pino Gris? Well you can... sort of. Winemaker, Neil Prentice, has made a rather rare and unique wine known as Pinot Ramato which is 100% Pinot Gris. Due to the inner grape flesh being left in contact with their darker coloured skins for a short period before being pressed into juice, the wine gets a lovely, light, salmon pink colour to it.
An Italian word, 'Ramato', actually translates to 'coppery' in colour. I assume that centuries ago Italian examples of such a wine, made before modern wine making techniques and equipment existed, that a 'coppery' colour was the end result rather than pink. To drink this wine has flavours of subtle fruit, lime and a slightly sour note that is in no way unpleasant. Think of sour apple or sour cherry as an example.
Prentice Wine - 2009 Pinot Ramato
Price - $17 but sold by the case only for $200 at www.prenticewine.com.au
Region - Whitlands, Victoria
Final Sip - I enjoyed this wine more and more with each sip and it s definitely one of the more interesting wines I've enjoyed this year. I also took the winemakers suggestion of pairing it with Sushi and can report that pairing is close to perfection!