Category Archives: King Valley

2012 Under & Over King Valley Pinot Gris

Says Gris on the label but I’ll eat my hat if it’s not Grigio in style. Mineral neutrality, slightly coarse acidity, touch of sea spray/shell. Nothing more than a subliminal suggestion of green apple and Nashi pear. Not much to … Continue reading

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2008 Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut

Brown Brothers have sold the Whitlands vineyard in the King Valley. It’s the site that has always produced the grapes for this wine and with great success in the past. A blend of 79% Pinot Noir and 21% Chardonnay with … Continue reading

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2009 Brown Brothers Patricia Shiraz

2009 was an extremely hot and dry vintage in Heathcote – which is the region that the label bears. There’s a little Viognier and Shiraz from the cooler King Valley in the mix, presumably as a means of amelioration. Sweet … Continue reading

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2013 De Bortoli Deen De Bortoli Vat 2 Sauvignon Blanc

Pretty good value here if this kind of wine floats your boat. Grassiness over herbs, tart gooseberry and passionfruit with a few chunks of pineapple. Some asparagus on the side. Clean, crisp, refreshing, dry and not achingly acidic or pointy. … Continue reading

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2013 Pizzini Rosetta Rosé

A bit of a ‘go to’ Rosé for me and this year’s model is way down in the groove. It’s briney and spicy and oh so refreshing. Sangiovese based. Strawberry creams, cherry blossoms, cranberry acidity and dried herbs. A nod … Continue reading

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2013 Pizzini King Valley Riesling

Pizzini are a winery known for their take on Italian varieties within the King Valley. Truth is I’ve never tasted many of their ‘non-Italian’ expressions. This Riesling offers broad flavour and easy-going appeal but it’s not in the same league … Continue reading

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2013 Pizzini King Valley Pinot Grigio

I’ve been drinking Pizzini’s Pinot Grigio long enough to remember when it was a pink/bronze colour. They take it off skins early these days so that’s no longer the case. I will admit I do miss it. I found it … Continue reading

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2010 Pizzini King Valley Nebbiolo

Almost a beauty. Almost. Give it time in the glass or bottle to get the most from it. Five to eight years in a cool, dark place should help. It’s tarry and red fruited with a gorgeous set of commanding … Continue reading

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2012 Pizzini King Valley Sangiovese

A blend of 93% Sangiovese and 7% Canaiolo. The Canaiolo is generally thought to soften the wine and fill it out. Not that different to the inclusion of Colorino in Chianti in some respects. The 2012 season in the King … Continue reading

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2009 Redbank Fighting Flat Shiraz

Comes from a warm vintage and I can’t for the life me understand why it was left in 28% new French barriques and Hungarian oak hogsheads for 27 months. The fruit tastes and feels desiccated and all that wood only … Continue reading

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