2019 Billy Button Mysterious Malvasia

Alpine Valleys, VIC

A rare Aussie look at this full-flavoured, full-bodied Italian white varietal.



Rated 4.0 stars
1 Review
A really complex, layered and interesting wine.

Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

About The Wine

This is one of the only individual bottlings of this variety in the country.

Originating in Friuli, Malvasia is a rich, full-bodied white variety that is a great alternative to something like Roussanne or Chardonnay.

The great thing about Jo Marsh's wines, is that while they stay true to the variety, the thumbprint of the winemaker is ever present. This is a textural, aromatic wine, made to go a range of different foods. It's something different, to be sure, but it sure is tasty.

About Billy Button

Billy Button is the charming Alpine Valleys based project of ubertalented winemaker Jo Marsh, now helped by her winemaker husband Glenn James and young winemaker Alex Phillips.

Billy Button focuses primarily on producing small batches of alternative varieties from good local growers in their small patch of Victoria. The team explores varieties that are rarely seen in the Australian landscape - you can find anything from Schioppettino to Verduzzo in this eclectic range.

Jo's gentle touch in the winery makes for beautifully balanced wines that show great texture and vibrancy. The Billy Button range is a little gem of North East Victoria. It's one of the more unique wine ranges in the country and the perfect place to begin your exploration of alternative varieties.

Winemakers Glenn James, Jo Marsh & Alex Phillips
Winemakers Glenn James, Jo Marsh & Alex Phillips
Alpine Valleys, VIC
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From The Producer

Malvasia originates from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of North East Italy. Jo was given access to this variety for the first time in 2015 and jumped at the chance to try her hand at making another relatively unknown alternative variety. Without knowing a lot about the variety, she kept winemaking to a minimum to allow the variety to full express itself. This is her third time making the variety and it is still a bit of a mystery to her - it does not tell her what it wants to be as loudly as other varieties. Sourced from the Mulcahy Vineyard at Porepunkah

The fruit was machine picked and pressed to stainless steel, where it was chilled down and cold settled for several days. The juice was then racked and inoculated with selected yeast. Once ferment was complete the wine was left un-sulphured for a period of six weeks and allowed a further three months yeast lees, with occasional stirring. The wine was filtered and bottled

Blend : Malvasia (100%)
ABV : 11%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2024

Winemaker Jo Marsh
Winemaker Jo Marsh
Alpine Valleys, VIC
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Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Light bodied, super-fresh with a lip-smacking ozone tang, it's like a mix of riesling and grigio with apple, cut pear, gentle spiciness and underlying honeysuckle/apple-blossom florals. Brisk acidity, presenting a super-cool line and taut structure, is central to its considerable attraction." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Evocative aromas of bath salts, musk, pear drops and a touch of caramel. The flavours are bright and lively, there's a creaminess to the palate, along with poached stone fruit, nougat and spice. A really complex, layered and interesting wine." - Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

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    loved it. suitable with or without food.

    great for summer

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