It’s that time again. Time to fill me in on what you’re currently drinking, what you want to drink, or what you have drunk in the last four weeks.
Besides emptying too many beers (especially the delicious Deeds Any Given Brew Day NZ IPA) on Grand Final Day to drown my embarrassment at the Swans performance, the other drinking highlights this month came from a dinner at Sydney’s Pilu restaurant where a bracket of Italian oddities really shone.
This Ca’Viola Riesling was so unexpected and so interesting. Still primal, at seven years old, and more a gently textured, absurdly youthful, tangy white wine of many layers rather than just another Riesling. An options game killer blow!
Meanwhile this 2020 Giovanni Montisci Moscato was perhaps even more revelatory. From the Sardinian highlands, this barrel-fermented, dry, skin contact style has the most evocative honeysuckle floral moscato onslaught, and a perfectly pitched, multifaceted palate of acid and phenolic punch tempered with voluminous fruit. Wow.
A special mention also to this 2012 La Biancara Tocai Rosso (Grenache) which was in rude health with a lovely red earth meets red fruit complexity.
What about you? What have you been drinking?
The credit card, by comparison, hasn’t been hit with any large wine purchases, as the cellar is very full and just not emptying fast enough…
What about you? What are you buying?
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Bought beechworth (savaterre pinot, eldorado road durif, saperavi and fiano after tasting)
Tasted tolpuddle chardonnay (good but hard to justify price vs tapanappa, savaterre and others)
Cape mentelle merlot/malbec/petit verdot, great cuddly blend going strong at 5 years.
Schmolzer & brown nebbiolo – great example and more and more coming from beechworth these days