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Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same variety. In France, it is called Pinot Gris while in Italy, it is called Pinot Grigio.
Growing in most types of well-drained soils and with a tolerance to drought, Pinot Gris is an early ripening white grape.
It is a mutation of Pinot Noir, differing in that it has much less pigment in the skins. Sometimes it produces dark blue berries, rather than the usual greyish-blue.
The grape retains low-to-fair acidity and high sugar levels and produces a dry white wine with a yellowish colour, sometimes described as coppery.
Chardonnay (or Pinot Chardonnay) is a premium grape variety that has been grown traditionally in the Champagne and Burgundy districts of France and other regions of Central Europe.
The grape is yellow-green in colour and the vines prefer well drained, fertile soils.
Chardonnay can be used to produce a wide variety of wine styles. Wines from vines grown in warm and warm-to-hot climates exhibit peach and tropical fruit characters. In cooler climates the vines produce wines with apple, quince, grapefruit and lime characters.
Cool climate Shiraz is often described as being elegant and textured, with distinctive cracked pepper characters.
The tannins are usually dusty, grainy and drying, and the mouth-feel, velvety.
In good years, wines from cooler climates are taut, multi-flavoured and finely textured.
With age, the astringency decreases, the mouthfeel becomes more mellow and satin-like; savoury, forest-floor characters evolve and the graininess of the tannins is more readily perceived.