Category Archives: King Valley

2012 Redbank King Valley Prosecco

The King Valley Prosecco train rolls on. Redbank’s version isn’t up there with Pizzini’s, Dal Zotto’s or either the vintage or NV Brown Brothers releases but it’s a fun drink if you can find it at a keen price. Shame … Continue reading

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2011 Redbank King Valley Garganega

Garganega is a grape from Veneto in north-east Italy, best known for the dominant role it plays in Soave wines. Domain Day of the Barossa were the first to plant it outside of Italy in 2004. The King Valley seems … Continue reading

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2012 Redbank Sunday Morning Pinot Gris

A significant step up in quality from the last wine reviewed. Greater complexity, finesse, detail and length.This one has the King Valley region printed on the label and there’s no mistaking it as anything other than a Gris. Baked pears … Continue reading

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2008 Chandon Cuvée 500 Vintage Collection

The second annual Chandon Sparkling Summit was held earlier this year and it once again proved to be a rewarding event. A 2010 Herbert Hall Brut seared the enamel off my teeth and strengthened my belief that UK sparkling wine … Continue reading

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2005 Pizzini Rubacouri Sangiovese

This is the third vintage of Pizzini’s top tier Rubacouri that I’ve tasted. It’s not an inexpensive wine and I’ve heard all the arguments about how you could buy a very good Brunello di Montalcino or a couple of impressive … Continue reading

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2008 Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling

Covered in bling as the Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling often is. I don’t like this as much as the 2006 but it’s still a darn impressive wine. 215g/l residual sugar but it’s well-balanced with citrus-like acidity so you only … Continue reading

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2009 Brown Brothers Patricia Chardonnay

A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll. A cool climate Chardonnay gussied up in an old-fashioned frock. Dysphoric at heart and it doesn’t pull it off with the same interest, charm or class as Antony Hegarty. 44% of … Continue reading

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2012 Pizzini Arneis

Arneis is an under-rated grape I reckon. I tasted this, wrote my notes then took it over to the neighbours who absolutely loved it. They’ve clearly got good taste. Pears, wisteria and almonds on the nose. It’s a dry wine … Continue reading

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2006 Pizzini Per Gli Angeli

Used to be known as the Pizzini Vin Santo but regulations forced the change of name. Per Gli Angeli translate to “For the Angels”, referring to the evaporated wine resulting from barrels that are never topped up. It’s said to be for … Continue reading

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2011 Pizzini Sangiovese Shiraz

A wine that I firmly believe should be available more widely at a retail level. For many who are beginning their journey into wine, straight varietal Sangiovese can seem too savoury and too structured. The addition of Shiraz here softens and … Continue reading

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