As Jo explains, "I’m only making wines that interest me, or that have a story that means something to me.”_ Well I've got news for you Jo, your wines interest us too! This is something out there, really wild stuff! Verduzzo originates from Friuli in North-East Italy, but it's pretty much an unknown quantity here. Jo jokes that after making one she's a local expert! I love this line from her too: _“I saw [verduzzo] as a great challenge, and I love a challenge. Particularly when someone said to me, ‘Why would you want to do verduzzo? It’s such a boring variety.’ After that, it was game on!”_ This has worked out spectacularly in the end, with the result being a wonderfully savoury and structural wine with a completely unique set of flavours. A step up from the 2014, in Jo's opinion. If you're looking for a food-friendly wine with a point of difference to wow your dinner guests, I couldn't fathom there would be a better option than this.
What it Tastes Like
There's a leanness and shyness about this release but once you get it to open up, boy is it on! It shows some nice spicy notes and gentle citrus aromas. The palate is structural and dry and chewy, but with enough fresh stone fruits and citrus flavours to balance things. Jo describes it as being more like a red than a white and in many respects she's right - lots of body, texture and structure. A minerality to it. It absolutely works, and the length of flavour and balance is spot on.
90 points. "Mostly wild-fermented in used oak. 140-odd dozen only. Rich with fruit and flavour but ultra-dry. Spice, melon, slate and roasted nut characters; almost into saltbush. Begs for food. Plenty of attitude but squeaky clean and pure." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front) Silver Medal - 2015 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
A very different expression to the 2014 Verduzzo. 2015 was a fantastic vintage in the Alpine Valleys and this wine displays a lovely intensity of fruit with subtle toasty nuances from partial barrel fermentation. Extended maturation on yeast lees has softened the firm phenolics that the variety is known for. Sourced from the Antonello Vineyard at Buffalo Creek.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2018
About the Producer
Billy Button is one of our favourite wineries. As Jo Marsh continues to expand her brilliant boutique range she continues to impress us to no end.
Her commitment to alternative varietals with amazing drinkability is one of the most charming aspects of her label. This combined with a ferocious passion for her home in the Alpine Valleys and the growers that produces there, makes Billy Button a one-of-a-kind.
The Alpine Valley is one of the ‘must watch’ emerging regions of Australian wine. Not bound by the traditions of some of the more ‘established’ regions, the Alpine Valley is experimenting with ‘alternative’ varieties from all over the world and kicking some huge goals. The productions are small, the quality is high and this cool climate region is on a mission to stamp its authority on Australian wine. And they are doing one hell of a job.
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