Showing posts with label Pizza Wine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pizza Wine. Show all posts

Monday, October 27, 2014

2013 Yelland and Papps Sete Di Vino

Yelland and Papps are not your average Barossan wine producers. Unlike many wine makers in the region, Susan Yelland and Michael Papps are a young family of first generation wine makers. They source many of their grapes from vineyards around the region and have a small vineyard of their own. Most importantly they are making really great and unique wines.

Sete di Vino translates from Italian into "thirst for wine", a sentiment I can relate to. This blend of Barbera, Lagrein, and Dolcetto is a perfect everyday drinking wine, that is great with food. Some savory elements on the nose meld well with flowery aromas and good fresh dark berry flavors. A bit of sour cherry, soft tannins, and a nice oak finish.

This wine is drinking great right from the start, so no need to cellar. Paired fantastic with pizza and cured meats, and would likely do well alongside plenty of other dishes. I'll be buying this again.

Price:     $22
Source:  Malt Traders
Varietal: Barbera (36%), Lagrein (34%), Dolcetto (30%)
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.yellandandpapps.com/

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2011 Feudo Di Santa Tresa Avulsi Nero D'avola

As I've been drinking a fair bit of Australian Nero D'avola lately, I wanted to refresh my memory on how it's done in Sicily.  Didn't hurt that I was looking for a sixth wine to get that great discount associated with buying in multiples of six.

Right away I got tobacco and blackcurrant/cassis, a very savory nose.  The palate was nice, if short lived.  Nice soft round tannins and more savory notes. This developed over a couple of glasses and provided some interest for me, but certainly didn't blow me away.  I wouldn't buy this by the bottle again at this price point, but would be happy to have another go on a wine list if I were eating the right food.

Price:     $30 
Varietal: Nero D'avola
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.santatresa.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2013 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Nero D'avola

This grape varietal from Sicily is starting to make waves here in Australia, and I can see why.  It is well suited for a hot and dry climate, and seems to be growing very well here in the  McLaren Vale region.  Nero D'avola is always one of the wines I think about when eating pizza and pasta. This one paired well with my homemade pizza, topped with sausage, red onion and portobello mushrooms.

Nice nose with lots of raspberry and floral, possibly lavender, notes. It has juicy soft tannins and the palate gives off more raspberry with a hint of cherry.  A very enjoyable wine.  Having taken this to a few parties, I can say this is a  crowd pleaser and a great drink now red wine.

Price:     $30
Varietal: Nero D'avola
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.handcraftedbygeoffhardy.com.au/

Monday, September 1, 2014

2012 Carpineto Chianti Classico

Making pizzas tonight, so naturally going for some Italian wine.  In my experience Sangiovese and predominately Sangiovese blends (such as Chianti)  pair awesome with pizza.  That being said, some of the Australian Nero D'avola I've had lately are starting to give these a real run for their money.

The nose has a touch of tobacco and roast pepper, but generally very mild and subtle.  Quite soft tannins for a young Chianti, but generally a fairly bland wine.  That being said, it was in no way offensive and drank well with the tomato based pizzas.  Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Price:     $20
Varietal: Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo (10%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   88
Website: http://www.carpineto.com/