I don't get up to the Hunter Valley very often but when I do I take it as an opportunity to try some different cellar doors and wines that I usually drink. Last year I made it to David Hook Wines cellar door in Pokolbin. We tried a few wines and brought a few more back. One of those is the de novo bianco 2011 which we just cracked open tonight to eat with our grilled barramundi.
The de novo biano is a blend of 4 grapes - Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. The nose is very delicate - at least is was for me tonight - with just a few hints of orange blossom. The palate is light but more robust and rich than a Sauvignon Blanc. The taste is smooth, maybe a hint of apricot or similar stone fruit. A hint of spice, but nothing overwhelming and nothing too strong to overpower any food you're eating. All in all a good choice for our fish tonight.
At around $30 a bottle it might not be you're every day quaffer but it's something to bring around to a friends for dinner. They won't likely have had it and it's a good all-rounder that's likely to please. In fact I'm off to grab another glass.