One whiff of this wine and I was instantly transported back to Northern Italy thanks to its mix of exotic yet savoury fruits. Surely someone had popped an interloper into the box of samples. But no, although the Alpine Valleys in North-East Victoria certainly shares a similar climate.
It is an astonishingly fine wine and one of the bargains of the year made from a fruit salad of European grape varieties including pinot bianco, malvasia d’Istra, friulano and the very rare picolit. Golden in colour and beautifully fragrant with preserved lemon, blossom, honey and guava fruits with gentle barrel and leesy characters fitting in perfectly behind. The palate is then dry and crisp with a mixture of juicy, pithy fruits and aged Manuka honey yet manages to retain its youthful energy. There is also a rounded and creamy texture before proceeding to a long and drying finish. This is a wine worth hunting down as it will be magical with food.