Reviews

“Impressive offering” – La Zona Sagrantino 2012

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

“Refreshingly crisp” – Chrismont La Zona Prosecco NV

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

‘Excellent” – La Zona Sangiovese 2012

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

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“Has succulence to it” – La Zona Rosato 2013

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

“This one leapt out at me” – Chrismont La Zona Arneis 2011

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

“The merlot many drinkers are looking for” – Chrismont Merlot 2012

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

“Immediate appeal” – Chrismont Riesling 2012

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