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Wineries like Billy Button are exactly the reason Different Drop was founded. Talented winemakers making tiny volumes of brilliant and adventurous wines. It’s exciting and inspiring, and we feel very privileged to represent these wonderful producers.
Here we have Jo Marsh’s ‘The Feisty’ Friulano , yet another alternative Italian variety doing cool things in her beloved Alpine Valleys. The grape originates from Friuli in North-East Italy, where it makes quite full-bodied and richly flavoured wines. There’s only a handful of Friulanos in Australia.
This has all of that intensity and texture but like all of Jo’s wines they are so refreshing and seamlessly balanced. Jo’s not afraid to try things and this is all hand picked, whole bunch pressed with 15% skin contact, before fermented naturally on full solids in older oak, and left on its lees for three months. A remarkable amount of work has gone into this wine considering its tiny volumes and more than generous price.
It’s so unique, so complex, so damn tasty. I just love it!
What It Tastes Like
This wine has a lot to say. All kinds of fruit on the nose - melons, peaches, bananas and apples, with a dusting of spice. The palate opens up with luscious texture and ripe stone fruits, underpinned by zesty, citrusy acidity. It fills the mouth with one breathe and then washes it away with the next. Very impressively made wine - complex, unbelievably flavours and yet still more-ish and refreshing.
Friulano originates from Friuli in North East Italy, but appears to be finding its home in Australia here in North East Victoria. This wine combines fruit intensity with savoury notes and an intense textural palate. An intriguing complex wine.
Sourced from the Bungamero Vineyard in Whorouly South and the Dalbosco Vineyard in Porepunkah.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
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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