Pinot Blanc / Bianco

Origins

  • France, as a mutation of Pinot Gris (see below)

Characteristics 

  • Medium to full bodied
  • Fresh acidity levels
  • Soft melon fruit character
  • Medium to high alcohol levels (12-13 degrees)

Vinification/Maturation       

  • Always fermented dry so not presented as a sweet wine
  • Some expensive Pinot Bianco may be aged in oak, otherwise aged in traditional old oak vats to provide slight oxidation during maturation.

Homelands   

  • Alsace (where it’s often known as Clevner)
  • Italy  Good examples from Alto Adige and the Collio on the Slovenian border

Also to be found in…

Germany (known as Weissburgunder), Slovenia and Austria    

 

 

 

 

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