- The Home of Artisan Australian Wine!
Schioppettino (meaning 'gunshot' in Italian) was on the brink of extinction when in the 1970's a covert operation took place in Friuli to repropagate the variety. This had to be done decidedly on the down-low, Schioppettino was not on the door list for the region. Thankfully, this viticulturist counterinsurgency succeeded, hence the delicious and mysteriously named 'The Clandestine' Schioppettino we have here. It's an interesting variety, its medium-bodied, savoury, incredibly perfumed and more acid-driven rather than fruit driven. A delightful little wine and the perfect pairing with a vast array of foods. There were only 40 dozen made in 2016, and as Campbell Mattinson noted: "This is well work tracking down."
What it Tastes Like
_91 points. "This packs a bit more punch than the 2015. It’s still mouthwatering and refreshing but its flavours of boysenberry, black/white pepper, violet and cloves build ample weight as they progress through the palate. There’s plenty of grip here too, plenty of flesh and jubey flavour. This is well work tracking down." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
91 points. "This packs a bit more punch than the 2015. It’s still mouthwatering and refreshing but its flavours of boysenberry, black/white pepper, violet and cloves build ample weight as they progress through the palate. There’s plenty of grip here too, plenty of flesh and jubey flavour. This is well work tracking down." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
I first me Schioppettino in 2015 and was immediately intrigued. I'd never worked with the variety before, not many people in Australia have, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect. I've discovered it's a very peppery variety with long, fine tannins, although this 2016 version does not exhibit much pepper due to the very hot weather during the growing season. This only the second crop from these vines at the Greenacre Vineyard in Merriang South but I think the variety has a lot of potential and can't wait to see it with a bit of vine age. Only 40 dozen made.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
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.
Lets get you some vino! We guarantee to make your wine ordering experience as easy and pain-free as possible via fast, reliable, fully insured shipping.
Shipping is FREE for orders of $150 or more and just $9 for any order under $150.
We dispatch the majority of our orders within 24 hours, but well let you know during checkout of any potential minor delays.
For more information on everything shipping-related please see our FAQ, or for any other queries just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 668 385.