Chrismont Simpatico Cuvee Brut 2005
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