The Pizzini label is one that represents the savvy initiative of the family. Not only do they make great wines – including some of the best Italian varietals I’ve tasted outside of Italy but offer a great cellar door experience. Particularly if you are lucky enough to be able to attend one of their cooking courses. The cellar door is housed in the now defunct tobacco factory overlooking the glorious & bucolic rolling hills and is welcoming to all & family.
This is but one of their Sangioveses which also include a very gluggable Sangiovese Shiraz blend. Fresh & fragrant with ripe cherries & raspberries, red liquorice, perfumed with some spicy oak in support. 100% Sangiovese, this is a medium bodied style with elegance & silky tannins. A very food friendly wine but don’t let that stop you opening one without food.
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There is so much to celebrate this month & this is the wine that will make any occasion a celebration. Especially, a sneaky summer sunset rendezvous by the seaside.
Arnie Pizzini & his father Arnold diversified from tobacco into wine, first planting grapes in the 70’s. Since then, they have seen great success with the Italian varietals that have become iconic in the King Valley although Simpatico is made from the traditional Champagne blend of Pinot Noir (70%) & Chardonnay (30%). Arnie also produces a stylish Prosecco that is well worth seeking out.
The Simpatico is fresh & creamy with rich berry fruit showing through the citrus & ripe apple. And it would not be a vintage sparkling without some yeasty bread to round it out. On the palate, the fruit has plush & generous proportions but maintains a sense of delicacy & interest with its touch of minerality. It is one of those wines that encourages you to take your time to enjoy the company you are with & to savour the lingering flavours & texture.
The Chrismont wines rate high on ‘foodability’ & this is no exception. A fresh chilled Smoked Salmon mousse with melba toast & these curvaceous bubbles are, well, it just has to be said – simpatico!
Note: This review was first published on Wine Diva
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The second of my 2012s & a wine that I keep coming back to. You will too! I keep smiling at the fact that whenever it is poured, the men around the table always come back for seconds when I know that they would not do the same for other Aussie sparkling – no matter how fine!
The Brachetto grape is rather unique to find in Australia – the Pizzini family call it the red version of the muscat grape. The 2012 has plenty of Turkish delight, strawberry & floral musk to offer. It is sweet & well balanced with refreshing acid on the palate where it sits lightly & lasts longingly.
A wine with a low enough alcohol that you do not have to stop at one. Enjoy alone, try it with chilli lime prawn canapés or a luxurious trio of traditional Turkish delight, petite white chocolate blueberry cheesecake topped with Persian floss. You choose!
Date: 11 June 2012 Price: $18 Value: $$$ Drink: Now! Now ! Now!
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The Pizzini label is one that represents the savvy initiative of the family. Not only do they make great wines – including some of the best Italian varietals I’ve tasted outside of Italy. The cellar door is housed in the now defunct tobacco factory overlooking the glorious & bucolic rolling hills and is welcoming to all & family.
This is but one of their Sangioveses which also include a very gluggable Sangiovese Shiraz blend. Fresh & fragrant with ripe cherries & raspberries with some spicy oak in support. 100% Sangiovese, this is a medium bodied style with elegance & silky tannins. A very food friendly wine but don’t let that stop you opening one without food.
Date: March 2012 Price: $25 Value: $$$ Drink: Now
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This month has seen a revamp of one of Australia’s value brands, De Bortoli’s Windy Peak. Not only has the label been revamped but the range now makes the most of regionality rather than plonking just the home state of ‘Victoria’ on the label. The new single label presents a bright, almost whimsical face on the shelf crammed with competitors that are fighting for attention.
Previous Windy Peak packaging
According to Leanne De Bortoli, this is a range of gluggable wines remaining true to her Grandfather’s goal. That being to enable anyone to have a good bottle of wine on the table whether they were a prince or a pauper. And with a price range of $13 – 15, they have certainly succeeded with providing an excellent quality/value proposition. There is even a Yarra Valley Pinot Noir that is quite remarkable for that price.
The launch event at the hot new Sydney restaurant ‘Chiswick’ was a great showcase for the range proving its foodability. Here are some tasting notes.
New look Windy Peak
Windy Peak Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 11 (King Valley & Yarra Valley) – pungent passionfruit with ripe stonefruit. A mouthfilling wine with pleasing length without overwhelming.
Windy Peak Pinot Gris 11 (King Valley) – pear & cashew with nuances of stonefruit. A refreshing juicy wine that sits lightly on the palate.
Windy Peak Chardonnay 11 (Yarra Valley) – lightly toasted coconut & pineapple. A creamy more-modern styled Chardie with a long length.
Windy Peak Pinot Noir 10 (Yarra Valley) – cherry, mushroom & toasted cinnamon spice. Hard to get a Pinot that offers much pleasure under $15 but this one is definitely worth a try.
Windy Peak Cabernet Merlot 10 (Yarra Valley) – spicy black plum with a medium body & generous fruit. A good quaffer with some sweet ripeness on the finish.
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