Salty, briny, food-essential style of wine. Floral aspect gives it a prettiness. Enough power through the mid-palate to both satisfy and impress. Not in any way ho-hum; indeed clear evidence that Italian varieties and the King Valley can be far more than a cute idea. 94 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
Sagrantino is described as an ‘Italian stallion’ on the back label. This version is perfumed, pretty and monumentally tannic; the flavours suggest early drinking but the tannin insists that it be left alone for years. Musk, redcurrant and dried herbs. A general juiciness. No lack of acidity. It demands either patience or that you be up for the task. Impressive offering. 94 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
As winemaker Warren Proft observes, the Prosecco grape is a fairly low-acid variety and yet the wine it produces can taste refreshingly crisp, even with the delicate lick of soft sweetness in examples such as this.
Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller, March 2013
Gives medium-weight a good name. Sour-sweet cherry, anise and tobacco flavours spell deliciousness on the palate. Musky oak makes a positive appearance. 91 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
In fine form. Abundant tobacco and red cherry notes. Juicy, complex, refreshing and yet satisfying. Line of acidity does the wine a world of good. Excellent. 94 pts.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
Pale crimson with a tinge of salmon. Attractive aroma/flavour of rosemary and raspberry. Midway between fruitiness and savouriness. Has succulence to it. Primary concern of a rose is that it has high drinkability, and this fulfils that obligation admirably. 92 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
Arnie Pizzini and his team at Chrismont in Victoria’s King Valley turn out an excellent range of wines, all at eminently reasonable prices, but this one leapt out at me. It’s a delightfully different style, made from the northern Italian grape arneis, that is beautifully fresh in its youth with crisp green apple and pear notes, the merest hint of honey and some attractive crispness and minerality on the finish. A lovely understated wine for enjoying chilled, it’s one for sipping and savouring. From a winery that has a reputation for “alternative” varieties, this is one of the most impressive Australian versions of arneis I have seen; from a grape that can sometimes be a little nondescript it is nice to see a wine offering such interest.
Winsor Dobbin, Winsor’s Choice & The Grape Hunter, Dec 2011, Travel & Living magazine, Winter 2012
If you thought Arneis was just another alternative white grape from Italy, its name more interesting that its taste, think again.
James Halliday Wine Companion magazine, Aug/Sept 2013
Soft-hearted, medium weight wine of clear appeal. Flavours of mulberry, crushed spice, tobacco leaf and leather. Enough tannin to prepare it well for medium term ageing at least. Succulent. The merlot many drinkers are looking for. 92 pts. James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, August 2014
An intense, fruity and exotic riesling … (with) citrus zest crunch of the cool King Valley. A wine of considerable persistence and immediate appeal. Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 118, July 2013
Riesling is such a good value variety in Australia. King Valley versions, when they’re good, are an entirely viable option. It’s like crunching into a green apple. Like licking at limejuice. It’s pure and intense and floral through the finish, and both impressive and delicious throughout. Bang on. Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, January 2013
Wine lovers should give Sauvignon Blanc a rest and try Arneis… Arnie Pizzini is one of the Northern Victorian producers doing good things with this Italian grape… A wine made for good food and convivial company. Lisa Johnson, www.winemuse.com.au, July 2013