Picpoul, or piquepoul, is an ancient French grape variety. While it exists in blanc, noir and gris versions, white is the most planted variety today. Sometimes used as a blending grape, its most famous expression is as a single varietal white wine from Picpoul de Pinet, an appellation within the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France.
Coriole is one of the few producers of picpoul in Australia.sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, vinho verde or other crisp, easy-drinking white wine.
Picpoul is also known as the oyster wine.
Coriole in South Australia’s McLaren Vale was responsible for Australia’s first commercial picpoul blanc vintage in 2015, with Borrowed Cuttings from NSW’s Central Ranges close behind in 2016.
In the years since, other wineries around the country have experimented with single varietal picpoul wines, including Ministry of Clouds and Horner. Charles Melton in the Barossa and McLaren Vale’s Yangarra Estate also cultivate the grape; the latter uses it in its Southern Rhône-inspired blends.
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