If there's a more interesting or eclectic stable of wine in this country, we'd love to try them. Billy Button, headed by Alpine Valleys force of nature Jo Marsh, has been our go-to recommendation to try all things alternative for years and with this new suite of wines, our recommendations have never been more emphatic.
She's in career-best form with her latest avalanche of new wines, including three reds picking up 95 points from the team at the Halliday Wine Companion (see the excellent three-pack below for a taste of those) and a raft of deliciously textural whites that have lovely reviews from the team at The Wine Front.
"The Billy Button range is always in good form but it’s gone up a gear of late." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front, April 2022)
If it's an 'alternative variety' and you've never heard of it, chances are Jo Marsh makes it and makes it very well. The Tempranillo and Shiraz, the most conventional in her range, carry lovely weight and spice - top reviews for both of these and an easier any-night-of-the-week duo you aren't likely to find. The Barbera, Refosco and Schiopettino are all varying shades of light-medium bodied reds with infectious energy about them. There is such versatility across the range and it's so refreshing to drink something outside of the usual.
On the white front, the new 2021 Torment Riesling was called "just beautiful" by Campbell Mattinson in his 94 point write up so if you're looking for something crisp and precise, let us point you that way. For something with a little more body, try the Fiano which is full-flavoured and finishes with a lip-smacking crunch.
There's more that we could mention, with a dozen or so new wines in this week from Jo, but we recommend having a dig through her extensive collection for yourself. Button yourself up at the link below.