White wine varietals and how they differ
Chardonnay is one of the hardiest and versatile grape varietals, growing in almost every wine producing region in the world.
The grape produces wines with flavours of apple, pear and citrus. Chardonnay is one of the few white wines that excels with the influence of oak. For this reason many oaked Chardonnays will also have flavours of toast, vanilla, cinnamon and clove.
Riesling is the classic grape of Germany. Wines are produced in a range of styles from light delicate wines, to crisp fresh and fruity, to fuller ripe fruit styles. Riesling is characterized by flavours of peach, apricot, citrus and floral notes. It can also be used in the production of Icewine and sparkling wine.
Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio (Pea-no Gree or Gree-gee-o)
Pinot Gris can produce gently perfumed wines with medium body and deeper colour than most whites. It is a mutation of the red grape, Pinot Noir, which might explain its deeper colour. It is characterized by flavours of citrus fruits and melon.