Knowing Tempus Two‘s pedigree, I was really looking forward to trying the wines. Tempus Two was founded by Lisa McGuigan, part of the justly famous McGuigan clan of Australian winemakers. Lisa is the 4th generation of McGuigans to go into the winery business and although she at first shied away from it, working in the hospitality industry previously, she finally deciding she wanted to make wine and gave it up to start up Tempus Two.
Lisa has set up her winery in the Hunter Valley, close to the family base and produces a range of wines both red and white. The Tempus Two Pinot Gris 2011 was the first one of their wines to try and I was vastly underwhelmed. According to the website, the Tempus Two Pinot Gris “Pewter Range” is made only from the best fruit that is sourced from single regions in Australia’s premier wine growing areas which is supposed to result in a “magnificent” wine.
For me, the Pinot Gris was not a magnificent wine by any stretch of the imagination.
A rather pedestrian attempt at Pinot Gris, the wine was not very aromatic nor did it have much fruit on the palate. It did have the texture that one can find in Pinot Gris but none of the acidic backbone that makes Pinot Gris such a great companion with food. I was also overwhelmed by a very ripe yeasty note on the palate. This wine was not a pleasure to drink and didn’t get any better with food.
I was very much looking forward to this wine but was sadly disappointed.