Reviews

“Strident Italophiles take note.” La Zona Prosecco

delicious magazine’s annual Italian issue is out, which means this month’s Drinks page by Mike Bennie celebrates the Italian classics and our La Zona Prosecco NV sparkler: 

“Prosecco grown and made in Australia is gaining ground on those produced in the homelands, like this perky, fruity, fizzy version. Strident Italophiles take note. It’s great in a spritz with a splash of Campari and a wedge of orange.” Mike Bennie, delicious magazine (AUS), September 2016

Our La Zona Tempranillo 2013 is proving popular with visitors and wine journos alike.

Here’s a snippet of what Chris Shanahan of The Canberra Times and www.goodfood.com.au had to say:

“… La Zona label embraces the so-called Mediterranean varieties, chiefly Italian, but including Spain’s tempranillo. The wine combines sour cherry and blueberry-like fruit flavours with earth-savoury characters on a smooth, surprisingly soft palate.” Thanks Chris !

Chris Shanahan, July 2016. The Canberra Times, www.chrisshanahan, www.goodfood.com.au

“light and lifted bubbles…that final sigh of joy” – La Zona Prosecco NV

“While the Chrismont brand carries traditional French varieties, the La Zona label celebrates the Italian side with table styles. This sparkly has clean, fresh and airy fragrance with wafts of cut hay as well as all its expected quartered apple and skins, plus a note of melon and an injection of lemon juice to liven up the palate. Light and lifted bubbles give it that final sigh of joy.”

Tony Love, TASTE, December 2015

“lip-smacking acidity that lifts and drives the wine in its finishing flourishes.” – Chrismont King Valley Riesling 2014

We have to agree with Tony Love that when it comes to enjoying Chrismont Riesling with fresh seafood “it’s the wine that does the work of the lemon or lime”…“Widely available, this little cool, high-country Victorian is seductively understated to start, its aromas a little subdued. There is perhaps a waft of distant bush florals and, yep, a typical little spray of cut lemons, but it is in the mouthfeel that we see its more finely tailored style and sculptured acidity with tangy lip-smacking acidity that lifts and drives the wine in its finishing flourishes.” 

Tony Love, TASTE: Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Oct 2015

“Chrismont has hit form with this variety” – La Zona Sangiovese 2013

It needs a little time to relax and soften but this is a worthwhile sangiovese. Chrismont has hit form with this variety of late. The tannin tends towards heroic but it just seems to work with the savoury, leafy, nutty aspects of the wine. It’s an autumnal wine, but with enough fruit to keep any queries at bay. Just make sure you give it another year or two in bottle first. 92pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed.2016

“sits pretty in the glass” – Chrismont Riesling 2014

Apple blossom, lime, wet slate and spice. Attractive combination of flavours. Sits pretty in the glass and is drinking very well now; no need to cellar it but it will hold/develop over a handful of years and more. 92pts l   ‘Special Value Wine’. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed.2016

“Patience is likely to be rewarded” – La Zona Sagrantino 2013

Sagrantino often demands something of the drinker and this release is in that category. It’s a forceful, strenuous wine, tiring if you’re of a certain mind though rewarding if you’re of another. Hulking tannin takes centre stage, or seems to, while flavours of plum, dried herbs, leather, roasted nuts and aniseed fight it out for second place. There’s plenty to brood on here. Patience is likely to be rewarded. 94pts   l ‘Special Value Wine’. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed. 2016

“An excellent choice” – La Zona Pinot Grigio 2014

Dry and racy with floral highlights and just enough flavour to stave off blandness. If you want to drink grigio, this is an excellent choice. 92pts   l ‘Special Value Wine’. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed.2016

“Boasts Flavour” – Chrismont Merlot 2013

Quite a different wine to the ’12 but similar quality. It boasts flavours of tobacco, mulberry, dark cherries and assorted dry spices, as did the ’12, but where it takes a different turn is through the finish; this release is less about softness and more about firm tannin and more serious intent. You can still enjoy this now, but it will develop well in the cellar too. 92pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed.2016

“Everything you would expect of a Rose” – La Zona Rosato 2014

Made with sangiovese and tempranillo. Dry and savoury with juicy flavour and drying tannin. Everything you would expect of a rose made with these varieties; it’s not merely the power of suggestion. Plays to food more than it does to the crowd. 92pts   l ‘Special Value Wine’. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed.2016

“Intensity is a key point” – Chrismont Pinot Gris 2013

Intensity is a key point. So too is a clear impression of dry, spicy control through the finish. Nashi pear and apple flesh out the palate, putting it clearly into above average quality territory throughout. 92pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Ed.2016