Intensity is a key point. So too is a clear impression of dry, spicy control through the finish. Nashi pear and apple flesh out the palate, putting it clearly into above average quality territory throughout.
Exotic. Sweet and creamy and yet sliced with acidity. Green herbs, passionfruit, lemongrass, apples. Floral too. Lots going on. Good for something different.
“In 2007 Arnie and Jo Pizzini planted the Italian white variety, prosecco, in their vineyard at Cheshunt, in Victoria’s King Valley. With it they emulate the light, delicate dry sparkling wines made with the variety in north-eastern Italy. La Zona starts as a still table wine matured on yeast lees for a few months before being blended with components from earlier vintages then undergoing a secondary fermentation in steel tanks. It’s a unique, good-fun style
“This was one of the star wines at the recent 21st Century Vino expo in Melbourne, a celebration of alternative grape varieties and the diversity of the Australian wine industry. Arnie Pizzini from Chrismont is one of a number of producers starring with Italian grapes in the King Valley and this just leaps from the glass with its exuberance. It is, dark, intense, savoury, herbal and quite tannic, but I loved it as a potential partner for rich pasta dishes, or maybe lamb shanks.” Winsor Dobbin, The Examiner, June 2015
Released with some bottle-age, this shows attractive development, with dried herb and honeysuckle aromas, and a delicate but soft, spicy palate that finishes
This may well be the best sub-$20 white wine buy in Australia right now. I tasted this new release from Arnie Pizzini’s Chrismont winery in the King Valley of north-east Victoria a couple of weeks ago, just prior to its release. Arnie told me the recommended retail price is $18 but you can often find it cheaper, which is just incredible for a luminescent wine that leaps out of the glass with its youthful exuberance. This has all the very attributes of young riesling; it is floral and fresh with dashing citrus notes, zingy acidity and crisp minerality. It can be enjoyed on its own, or with a wide variety of dishes, and is probably best enjoyed while in the full flush of youth. I reckon if you buy one bottle you’ll go back for a case. Seriously good.
Winsor Dobbin, Winsor
Made from their first vintage of this grape. Medium to deep, red/purple colour and a sweet blackberry fruit aroma; the palate rich and full-bodied and very
Chrismont in the King Valley has a strong Italian connection and the La Zona range is their tribute to Mediterranean varietals
Clean and crisp but not at all lacking in flavour. Apple and melon notes with a whisper of spice. Supple texture. Finishes with a flourish of citrusy flavour. 92 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
Spicy intensity. Chalky too. Fennel and lime flavours drive the palate. Length is appreciable. Can be cellared but is excellent young. 93 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014