The Italian Job

Cuvée-Co Ada’s Prosecco NV Wrattonbully
Grape: Glera
Drink: Now

Another fabulous bottle of bubbles from Peta Baverstock at Cuvée-Co in the Limestone Coast region. Those of you who attended the last HWW Tasting Event will remember enjoying Cuvée-Co’s sparkling rosé and this Prosecco is equally delicious! Prosecco originates from Italy’s north east, in the region of Veneto and this Aussie version is made in a dry style with just 10.5% abv, making it the perfect aperitif for the coming summer months.

 

Feathertop Winery, Fiano 2019, Alpine Valleys
Grape: Fiano
Drink: Now or until 2022

With a gold medal and the ‘best white wine in show’ trophy in the bag from the Rutherglen Wine Show, the Feathertop Fiano is one to get your hands on before it runs out! Fiano’s Italian home is in the southern region of Campania but this one is made right here in Victoria, in Bright. Here, the vines are dry farmed in the deep, red soils of the vineyard to produce high quality fruit. The resulting wine is a perfect crisp summer white with just the right amount of texture to match with a variety of canapés, fish and lighter meats.

 

Tellurian Wines, Rosé 2018, Heathcote
Grapes: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Nero d’Avola
Drink: Now

This is an Aussie rosé with an Italian twist! Nero d’Avola hails from Sicily, the island just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot”. The juicy fruits of Grenache, red fruits, spice and savoury flavours of Shiraz and Mourvèdre are complemented by the crunchy red and black fruits and spice of Nero d’Avola. Dry in style, refreshing in the glass … roll on summer!

 

 

Billy Button, ‘The Rustic’ Sangiovese 2017, Alpine Valleys
Grape: Sangiovese
Drink: Now or until 2021+

Winemaker, Jo Marsh, has an impressive haul of medals and trophies for her wines from a swathe of Italian grape varieties. I tasted this Sangiovese as part of the Young Gun of Wine tasting panel a couple of months ago and was impressed by its classic style, showing lovely rose petal and herbaceous notes together with crunchy red berries and liquorice. A super enjoyable drop this wine is the ideal partner to some of our other favourite Italians – pizza and pasta!

 

Calabria Family Wines, Private Bin Montepulciano 2018, Riverina
Grape: Montepulciano
Drink: Now or until 2020

After discovering Calabria Family Wines during my tenure as the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellow I’m excited to offer them to HWW members. The quality of winemaking for such great value make the Private Bin wines hard to pass by. Montepulciano hails from Abruzzo on the east coast of Italy, looking out over the Adriatic Sea. Deep colour, ripe cherries, raspberries and liquorice, soft tannins and a dash of oak make this an excellent partner for richer pasta sources, think mushrooms or ragú and you’re on the right track!

 

S C Pannell, ‘Diavola’ Nero d’Avola 2018, McLaren Vale
Grape: Nero d’Avola
Drink: Now or until 2020+

This is a modern Aussie take on the Sicilian grape variety Nero d’Avola and clearly it is has hit the mark, having just won the 2019 “Best Other Red Varietal” class at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. The fruit for this wine comes from Olivers Road in McLaren Vale and after being handpicked, the grapes were fermented in small open-top fermenters. Maturation was in very large (4,300L) French oak vats before bottling. Look out for black cherry, dried herbs, dark chocolate and plums wrapped up in a medium bodied wine with juicy acidity and a lingering finish – who can resist?!