Mix Six Wine October: Allora!
Welcome to our October wine pack which, in case you haven’t already noticed, is a celebration of all things Italian. One sparkling, four whites and a red that display varietal excellence both indigenously and within a local context. Put simply, they’re all buonissimo and have been handpicked for your immediate springtime enjoyment.
2015 Ca’ Di Rajo ‘Lemoss’ Frizzante Bianco
This, the ‘Lemoss’ cuvée from prosecco experts Ca’ Di Rajo, is a traditional ‘Col Fondo’ sparkling that has quite a lot in common with pét-nats. While still produced from the region’s famed Glera varietal, it doesn’t receive the usual designation as it’s unfiltered and cloudy; the wine begins fermentation in stainless steel tanks, before being transferred to bottle where it then completes this cycle. As such, you can expect an intriguing wine that’s savoury and ideal as an aperitif – it’s floral, citrusy and extra fresh.
2015 Giacomo Vico Roero Arneis
In a region that’s dominated by red varietals and classically-prestigious appellations, Roero Arneis is often overlooked or under-appreciated. Indeed, this is often the case in an industry where over 10,000 varietals exist, but we can wholeheartedly vouch for this wine right here. It’s a complex and considered interpretation, which shows waxy viscosity amongst notes of rich stone fruit, pear, almond and a little grapefruit pith. Serious and satisfying.
2016 Feathertop Fiano
From Feathertop winery in Victoria’s Alpine Valleys GI, this Fiano – the Italian grape du jour – tastes remarkably true to its Campanian origins. Silky white stone fruits, pear, some citrus and saline offer lots of freshness in a medium-weighted frame. One for the dinner table on a balmy spring night.
Alpine Valleys, $25
2016 Vallevò Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
An everyday-drinking white which strikes the elusive balance between versatility and value. Notes of peach fuzz, apple blossom and citrus offer a moreish experience, yet what’s most appealing, is this could be enjoyed in a multitude of contexts: it’s light enough to enjoy on its lonesome and contains enough character to be consumed as a barbecue wine.
2017 Koerner ‘Pigato’ Vermentino
Pigato – or Vermentino – often fuels a curious debate. They’re seemingly the same grape varietal originally from Liguria, yet are differentiated by their clonal makeup; the former is usually more aromatic, while the latter is perceived as the brighter, higher-acid sibling. This, as an ode to both, encountered two weeks of skin contact fermentation before resting in stainless steel tanks. There’s an exotic element to the profile and the immediate acacia floral-blossom lift leads to some dried fruit notes and plenty of savoury, herbaceous spice.
Clare Valley, $32
2013 Antonio Scala ‘Cirò’ Rosso Classico Superiore
We’re calling it: best wine labels ever. However, what’s always most important is what’s in the bottle and not on it, so we’re even more excited to tell you that the wine is super delicious. From the Cirò region of Calabria, this Gaglioppo was made and aged solely in concrete and, as is usually indicative of this method, has resulted in a wine of exhilarating fruit purity. Think amaro, dark berries, sweet camphor and drying tannin. Unique stuff.
$139 save over 15%