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Italian Varieties
Dinner - Melbourne

Many of Australia’s wine-producing regions are perfect for cultivating and growing grapes native to Italy; our warm climate, long sunshine hours and diverse soil types enable the production of deliciously vibrant versions of Old World classics. Join us to discover 15 of our favourites. Saluti!
Nick Stock
3 September 2019
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2018 Oliver’s Taranga Vermentino, McLaren Vale

This minimal-intervention vermentino shows aromas of talcum powder, fresh lemon, honey and oyster shell. The palate is light and fresh with tight, lemony acid and honey-like floral characters.

2018 Bondar Fiano, McLaren Vale

Naturally fermented in a ceramic egg, this textural take on fiano is bright, pure and fresh with powerful flavours of lemon curd and exotic spice. The texture is perfectly balanced by natural acidity which provides a fresh finish.

2017 Rob Dolan Black Label Arneis, Yarra Valley

This wine was racked to barrel with light solids and matured on lees for nine months prior to bottling. The result is a textural arneis, rich with floral aromas and flavours of citrus and ripe pear.

2018 Hither & Yon Nero d’Avola, McLaren Vale

Lifted aromas of boysenberry and leafy herbs lead to a medium-bodied palate of fleshy, ripe forest berry fruit, pepper, sage and supple yet grippy tannins.

2018 Longview Barbera, Adelaide Hills

Aromas of dried strawberry, plum and wild berries. The palate is medium bodied with savoury notes of nutmeg, rose petal, spice and maraschino cherry with bright acidity.  

2016 Chrismont La Zona Marzemino, King Valley

Marzemino is native to northern Italy. This one shows violet and blackberry aromas layered with herbs and spice. The generous, medium-bodied palate exhibits dark berry fruit with herbal notes.

2016 Tar & Roses Nebbiolo, Heathcote

An embodiment of the name Tar & Roses, this wine shows lifted floral aromas with hints of herbal tea and spearmint. The palate is fleshy with substantial tannins and long, lingering acidity.

2016 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo, Adelaide Hills

This highly perfumed wine shows notes of red cherry, rose water, fennel and cassis. The palate is medium bodied with tannins, acid, flavour and weight in balance.

2017 Pizzini Pietra Rossa Sangiovese, King Valley

A vibrant and fresh wine with aromas of cherry, raspberry and sweet herbs. The palate offers flavours of sour cherry and plum underpinned by soft tannins, earth and a hint of leather.

2016 Big Easy Radio Funtime Fountain Montepulciano Sangiovese, McLaren Vale

This 50/50 blend exhibits complex aromas and flavours of rose petal, tar, sour cherry and sage. The tannin structure is fine and powdery – typical of both the style and varieties.  

2013 First Drop Minchia Montepulciano, Adelaide Hills

A svelte interpretation of the typically flamboyant montepulciano, this wine shows dark cherry and savoury aromas, vibrant kirsch and brooding savoury flavours and a spicy, lingering finish.

2014 Freeman Secco Rondinella Corvina, Hilltops

Aromas of Morello cherry and panforte with berry compote notes typically associated with ripasso-style wines. The palate is savoury with a soft tannin frame. Elegant and captivating.

2016 Chalmers Aglianico, Heathcote

This medium-bodied, finely structured aglianico shows flavours and aromas of plum, lavender and cocoa tempered by fine, building tannins. It is delicious now and for the next ten years.

2017 Izway Angelo Aglianico, Barossa Valley

This wine is unashamedly Barossan with a uniquely Italian edge. Spice, red fruits and leather aromas with dark cherry and plum, clean acidity and tannins.

2016 Angullong Fossil Hill Sagrantino, Orange

Aromas of dark fruits, herbs, liquorice, earth and leather lead to a bold palate with flavours of dark fruits and savoury herbs that evolve with time in the glass.