This variety is from the Languedoc and Provence Regions of France. See De Long's Wine Map of France
The French spelling of the variety is Piquepoul, but Picpoul or Picpoul Blanc is more commonly used name in Australia.
Other spellings include Piccapoule, Picquepoulle, Piquepout etc. There is a similar but unrelated Catalan variety Picapoll Blanco. However the rare Spanish Picapoll Negra is actually a clone.
There are three different colour clones of Picpoul - Blanc, Gris and Noir. The gris is very rare, and the vast majority of plantings are of the Blanc clone.
Picpoul de Pinet is a French AOC region on the Mediterranean Coast where the wine is a crisp dry white based on Picpoul.
There are just a few at the moment, but we are sure to see more over the next couple of years.
The wines from this variety are crisp dry with a good acidity. They make ideal accompaniments to oysters or tapas style snacks. Otherwise try them with more substantial seafood dishes such as fish soup or brandade (Salt cod with creamed potatoes and garlic).
This dozen contains 2 bottles from each of six different producers in several regions. It gives you a good overview of the styles of Australian Tempranillo.
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