De Bortoli Bella Riva Fiano King Valley 2018

Fiano clearly works in the King Valley in Victoria. This is a correct varietal expression of fiano from De Bortoli with attractive lemon and almond aromatics. The palate is full bodied, savoury and has a subtle but firm acidity. Delicious and ready to drink now, this is a very good release. Rating: Good. Price: $20s. […]

Austins & Co Six Foot Six Prosecco 2014

This is an interesting Prosecco from Austin & Co in the King Valley in Victoria.  I’ve written a bit about prosecco recently, it being the name of a grape variety in Australia and a region in north eastern Italy which has created some confusion.  You can read about that here.  This is of course an […]

Bella Riva Pinot Grigio Vermentino 2012

Bella Riva is a De Bortoli label with fruit sourced from the King Valley.  I couldn’t help but think that this blend of pinot gris and vermentino worked.  It is perhaps a safe ledge that might tempt those wishing to diversify from sauvignon blanc towards it.  The wine itself is water-white in colour, with a […]

De Bortoli BellaRiva Pinot Grigio Vermentino 2010

This was the second wine I tried as part of De Bortoli’s recent BellaRiva releases.  I’ve not previously tried a vermentino or vermentino blend, which having tasted this wine, is apparently an omission on my part.  I really quite enjoyed this offering at $18.  Pears and lemon citrus came together on the nose.  The charm […]

De Bortoli BellaRiva Sangiovese Merlot 2009

De Bortoli appear to get new media.  This BellaRiva wine, together with a white (my next review to be posted), were released accompanied by a live internet stream from De Bortoli on Ustream and allowed tasters to participate via a captive version of Twitter, including obviously on Twitter itself.  The bottle also has one of […]

Pizzini Sangiovese 2005

Pizzini is considered to produce one of Australia’s better sangiovese wines.  And I happen to like sangiovese.  That said, I find the grape variety a somewhat variable performer, particularly in its Chianti Classico guise.  I tend to prefer the darker, richer and more fully fruited versions of Chianti Classico with evident tannins, than the lighter styles.  Probably this means that […]