BB Review: From Sunday Carbonic Pinot Gris 2016

 

What do you take to a springtime picnic? If you're Kate, it'll be a pair of glasses (the sun prefix is optional), some bright red nail polish, a deck of cards and a delightful rosé! Did this bottle bring the sunshine vibes? There's only one way to find out! ☀️💅🏻🕶

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THE WINE

BOTTLE: From Sunday Carbonic Pinot Gris 2016 – Orange, Australia

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £29.00 from Lechevalier 

ABV & TECH SPECS: 100% Pinot Gris and 13% ABV

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ABOUT THIS WINE: From Sunday is about exploration. Their concept is all about finding a vineyard with exceptional grapes and using them to make a wine 3 different ways, allowing each wine to have a unique personality but with the same varietal character. It reminds us a little bit of our own approach to wine here at Bottle Bitches! We take one wine and give three different spins on it, all while keeping the cheers real in our own individual ways. 

BEHIND THE BOTTLE: In 2016, the From Sunday collective found a vineyard in the high altitude (920m) region of Orange, NSW, with Pinot Gris that was an incredible vibrant purple colour. At harvest, they divided the grapes into three batches and made three wines using different winemaking techniques for each.

All of the wines were made from hand-picked grapes, went through spontaneous fermentation, have no additions, no fining and minimal filtration. This specific bottle, the Carbonic Pinot Gris, is made using the carbonic maceration process found mainly in Beaujolais. If you want to find out more about this process, you should listen to our Podcast on Beaujolais (Season 1, Episode 10).  

FUN FACT: The grey-red grape that is Pinot gris is a mutation of Pinot, the mother grape to all Pinot wines (e.g. Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris etc). Pinot Gris is known for its refreshing citrus flavour and zesty acidity. You may also know Pinot Gris by it's Italian nam, Pinot Grigio.

WHY KATE CHOSE THIS WINE: To celebrate six long-ass years of marriage, David and I went to River Café for a deeelicious lunch and then hopped over to Bermondsey to sip a few hours away at our new favourite wine bar, Lechevalier, which is a one-stop shop for delicious cheese, charcuterie and interesting wine. Now, there's nothing David and I love more than trying to turn any bar we step foot in into our own personal Cheers, and while we were talking the ear off of Christophe, Lechevalier's owner, he recommended we try this bottle of rosé. As soon as I saw it I was like 😍 and knew that I had to photograph and review it for Bottle Bitches. Et voilà. 

If Lechevalier sounds familiar, it may be because we recently reviewed this wine that we bought there.

 
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THE VERDICT 

CARO: That looks like the urine sample of someone who hasn’t drunk water for about a week. Or like a shade of 70’s wallpaper. Your pick. It smells quite powdery with a hint of apricot, like some kind of fancy makeup product. Man, that wine is unlike anything I’ve tasted before - it feels thick but watery, and is kicking my palate with a whirlwind of bitter, fruity and honey notes, before leaving a slightly chalky sensation. WHAAAAAT. 

The more I sip, the more I enjoy and find different things, but that said, I think this wine’s definitely for the sipping rather than the chugging, and it’s definitely not a bottle I’d share with people who don’t give a shit about wine.

ANGELA: I love the colour of this wine, I’m going to go on a little tangent here and go all Kate with my review, but I would love a summer dress in this colour – burnt orange, almost a little bourbon-like. It’s got a funky smell – in a good way! – like a strawberry cider. The wine is just as interesting to taste and follows through with the aroma alongside a dash of raspberry and orange on a beautifully balanced palate. I love it for its uniqueness and the fact it’s like nothing I’ve tasted recently, like some kind of whisky–cider–fruit-bomb concoction. 

KATE: You know when you're on the Tube and you momentarily make eye contact with someone and get hit with a wave of familiarity but can't place exactly who they are? You then spend the rest of your journey going through your digital rolodex trying to figure out how you know this person. That's what this wine does to my palate. How do I know these flavours? Why is this experience so familiar to me? 

On first sniff, this rosé– which is the colour of smouldering embers in what remains of last-night's bonfire– smells a bit like a salmon sushi roll and expresses hints of nori and soy sauce. Weird, right? Once it got down to sipping, I found that this wine really challenged my palate. It reminded me of making sidewalk chalk drawings on hot black driveways and then clapping my hands together to get the dust off and inhaling some of that chalk as the cloud around me settled. It reminded me of making apple pies with my mom, and the way sharp lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar came together on a thin slice of crisp green apple before it was put in the oven. It reminded me of what the room tasted like when my mom poured iodine on my bloody knee after a rollerblading accident and I inhaled so hard and fast I thought I might pass out.

Essentially, this wine is both familiar, but allusive. It's full of warm childhood memories and is reminiscent of the days when summers were filled with exploration and seemed to last forever. It's an incredibly layered and interesting wine, a rosé to sip and savour. And like your long-lost friend on the Tube whose name you remember the moment they step onto the platform and get lost in the crowd, the notes in this wine only click into place right as you finish the last drop and then disappear. Just enjoy the fleeting moments you have with it and let all its nuances wash over you like a wave of fond memories.

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WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Oh, absolutely yes. This wine is like the Enigma Code and we wanna crack it!

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