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Italian Varieties Dinner

From the rich, volcanic terroir of Basilicata to the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy is home to a diverse range of regions and grape varieties, offering up some of the world’s most celebrated wines. We’re lucky in Australia that many of these varieties are at home here, too, with everything from aglianico to trebbiano getting a look-in, with exceptional results. Join Nick Stock for an exploration of classic examples from the Mediterranean nation, as well as top versions crafted here in Australia.

Melbourne Dinner

Host
Nick Stock
Date
22 September 2021
Place
Recoleta
10 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Time
6.30-10pm
cost
$225 per person (inc GST) Four-course dinner included ($202.50 for subscribers)
Bookings
For phone and subscriber bookings, call 0408 489 507 or email events@gourmettravellerwine.com
Places are strictly limited.

2019 Castel Firmian Pinot Grigio Riserva, Trentino

This pinot grigio is crafted from hand-picked grapes from the Zambiani area, north-east of Mezzacorona village in Italy’s Trentino. The grapes are picked and immediately pressed, and sent to the maceration phase once in the winery. White peaches and pears on the palate with hints of sweet vanilla from time spent in oak. singlevineyards.com

2019 Maan Wines Flirty Fiano, McLaren Vale

Cousins Anthony and Matt of Maan Wines in McLaren Vale have crafted a lively, fresh and playful fiano. Expect bright acidity paired with a textural palate from skin contact and batonnage. Stone fruit and citrus combine to dance on the palate. maanwines.com

2021 Trimboli Salvatore Trebbiano, Big Rivers

Salvatore Trimboli first made trebbiano in 1983 and the winery has been crafting the style ever since. This crisp wine presents aromas of lemon and stone minerality, which continue on with a refreshingly dry palate. Time spent in oak results in a fruit driven, creamy finish. trimbolifamilywines.com

2017 Angullong Vineyard Fossil Hill Sagrantino, Orange

Sagrantino hails from Umbria and thrives in the hot summers and cool nights of Orange. Aromas of dark fruits, herbs and liquorice unite with earthiness and leather. Gentle hand-plunging and time spent in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels results in a bold wine, with firm varietal tannin structure. angullong.com.au

2019 Centennial Vineyards Reserve Bridge Creek Rondinella Corvina, Orange

This wine is a blend of two unique Italian varieties – rondinella and corvina. Inspired by the classic Ripasso della Valpolicella wine styles, partially dried grapes are added to the ferment, creating aromas of fruitcake and brown spice with a juicy yet textural and velvety palate. centennial.net.au

2017 Fighting Gully Road Aglianico, Alpine Valleys

Aglianico specialist Mark Walpole is inspired by the vineyards of Mount Vulture in Italy’s Basilicata. It’s a medium- to full-bodied expression, with classic varietal aromas of fresh fennel, Dutch liquorice and fragrant red and black fruits. fightinggullyroadwines.com.au

2015 First Drop Wines Minchia Montepulciano, Adelaide Hills

Sourced from a vineyard in the Northern Adelaide Hills, this montepulciano shows dark cherry and savoury aromas. It’s a dark ruby red in colour and the palate is vibrant, with a savoury mid palate and a spicy, lingering finish. firstdropwines.com

2019 Maan Wines Hit Nero D’Avola, McLaren Vale

Nero d’Avola is the main variety grown in Sicily and has now found a home in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. The wine flaunts a red ruby colour, with bright aromas of raspberry and a touch of herbaceous fennel and thyme. The palate continues the berry characters with gentle tannins and a lingering finish. maanwines.com

2018 Montenidoli Chianti Colli Sensei Il Garrulo, Tuscany

This wine is a nod to the classic chianti of Tuscany. Sangiovese, canaiolo, trebbiano and malvasia are co-fermented, before spending time in bottle for two years before release. The result is a medium-bodied wine with juicy ripe cherry notes and impressive balance on the palate. montenidoli.com

2019 Pizzini Pietra Rossa Sangiovese, King Valley

With its gently undulating slopes and wide range of microclimates, the King Valley is the ideal home for Italian varieties. Made from three top sites, the Pietra Rossa Sangiovese is named for the red soil in which it’s grown and displays a rich and complex balance of herbs, plums and spices. pizzini.com.au

2017 SubRosa Nebbiolo, Pyrenees

An exquisite nebbiolo from Adam Louder and Nancy Panter, crafted from fruit grown on the John family’s famed Malakoff Estate in Pyrenees. Sixteen months in French oak, with no fining or filtration, has resulted in a pure, expressive and vibrant wine. subrosawine.com

2017 Chalmers Appassimento, Murray Darling

An impressive dessert wine from the Chalmers family using the variety lambrusco maestri. Hand-picked grapes are naturally rack-dried and wild fermented before ageing in barrique. The result is a wine with balanced sweetness, boasting notes of dark chocolate, dark cherry and prune. chalmers.com.au