Despite its merits this grape variety from the Burgundy family -and perhaps even its oldest "ancestor" -has failed to become fully established in Austria. Particularly with long ageing, Pinot Gris wines have an impressively rich body and supple, almost oily fullness, sometimes combined with rusty-smoky components. In hot vintage years the acidity of the Pinot Gris can be somewhat low, allowing the alcohol to gain the upper hand. The high-quality wines age outstandingly well, preserving their concentrated character for a long time. Along the Neusiedlersee firstclass dessert wines are made from the Pinot Gris grape. Due to its high sensitivity to noble rot it is convincing both as a pure variety and as a component in a sweet white-wine blend. Rather dark yellow-gold, sometimes with a clear coppery light; bouquet reminiscent of caramelised sugar and white bread, at best with peach and apricot fruit as well.
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