|Villa Malizia (Italy) Pinot Grigio 2003
From the Veneto in northeast Italy, this estate-bottled Pinot Grigio is made by Bordeaux flying winemaker, Benoit Calvet. It has a medium-deep straw/gold colour, and a classic Pinot Grigio nose suggesting straw, a touch of honeysuckle, and soft pear fruit. There are little hints of both exotic, ripe nectarine, and a subtle floral nuance. On the palate it washes over the tongue with an easy-drinking fruitiness, but there is a nutty quality too. The fruit is again ripe pear and crisp apple, but those suggestions of sweeter, more tropical flavours linger on the tongue, and there is crisp, nimble acidity and a tiny hint of spice into the finish. This is uncomplicated, punter-friendly stuff, but we all need a bit of that from time to time. Lovely. £3.99 Aldi.