2023 Billy Button The Rustic Sangiovese

Billy Button |Alpine Valleys |Sangiovese
Look, if you like Sangiovese, this is a deadset no brainer. Delicious drinking at great value, as is always the case from Jo Marsh!
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Jo Marsh is a virtuoso winemaker when it comes to nursing Italian varieties to bottle.

The problem with many Australian examples of Sangiovese is that they lack vibrancy, but that is absolutely not the case here. This is a juicy, loveable version of Sangiovese with plenty of charm.

Jo uses two different clones from a vineyard in the Alpine Valley to get just the right amount of light and shade in this release.

If you're looking for the perfect pizza night wine, this is pretty hard to go past.

94 points
"Lives up to its name with a wild herbal, rustic vibe cruising between some pretty delicious red and dark fruits. Pockets of spice and earth enliven the palate, and the effect is mighty drinkable. Is that firm, dry tannic finish a nod to where the grape originates? Maybe."
- Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in Italy, in recent years superior clonal material has been imported into Australia to elevate the quality of the Australian version. The fruit for this wine was sourced from two sites. Bungamero vineyard at Whorouly South on the western edge of the Alpine Valleys region. The Bungamero vineyard, owned and operated by Tim and Mark Walpole, is a mixture of MAT6 and MAT7 clones. The second component was sourced from the Ferraro vineyard in Myrtleford.

Production Notes

Approximately a 50/50 split of fruit from Ferraro vineyard and Bungamero Vineyard. All fruit was machine harvested in early April crushed directly to open fermenters where it was inoculated with a selected red wine yeast. Ferments were gently plunged twice daily and once ferment was complete separate batches were pressed to Flexcube for maturation on lees for 8 months. The parcels were then blended, crossflow filtered and bottled in January 2024.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of bright red cherries laced with savoury dried herbs and red earth. On the palate the same lovely red fruit is supported by a finely textured tannin frame. Great fruit weight, juiciness, and presence.

Optimal Drinking Window – now until 2030

Technical Details
Vineyards: Bungamero Vineyard, Whorouly South
Ferraro Vineyard, Myrtleford
Region: Alpine Valleys
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Winemaker: Glenn James, Melissa Fettke and Jo Marsh

Vintage
2023
Varietal
Sangiovese
Appellation
Alpine Valleys

94 Points - "Lives up to its name with a wild herbal, rustic vibe cruising between some pretty delicious red and dark fruits. Pockets of spice and earth enliven the palate, and the effect is mighty drinkable. Is that firm, dry tannic finish a nod to where the grape originates? Maybe." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

91 Points - "Refined aromas of camphor, red cherry, dried thyme, licorice root and dried tobacco. The tannic twine, nicely edgy without being hard. The acidity, as is sangiovese's wont, frisky and bright. A mid-weighted wine equipped for a brisk chill and the everyday table. Drink now. Screw cap." Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

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    2021 Billy Button The Rustic Sangiovese
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Good drop

    Easy drinking drop

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    2019 Billy Button The Rustic Sangiovese
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Surprise package

    Open Day 1

    New Worldy

    Glossy

    Place in fridge

    Day 3

    Expressive fruit tannin mild arrow root

    Perfumes

    This is well worth trying imo 😀

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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 Billy Button

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