The participants: The Settler’s Liquor Store Tasting Collective (S.L.S.T.C), guided by Charlotte.
The mission: Italian vino tasting
Time: Thursday night
Place: Reputable Margaret River drinking establishment (upstairs)
In his 1945 essay Funny, Not Vulgar, George Orwell lauded the subversive role of humour in politics:
”Every joke is a tiny revolution. If you had to define humour in a single phrase, you might define it as
dignity sitting on a tin-tack. Whatever destroys dignity, and brings down the mighty from their seats,
preferably with a bump, is funny.”
Cue Italian politics. Whilst our own brand of politics post-election now has an ex-child actor as the
killer punchline to the bad joke, (is that the Vick’s Vaporub kid?) how good is Australia indeed?! – Italian politics is more like the film comedy Idiocracy in its entirety.
Since 1945 when Orwell made that astute observation, there have been 61 governments in Italy.
Time for a drink! We need it!
And like their politicians and political parties, there are so many Italians to pick from.
2016 Coffele Valpolicella DOC, Italy, $30.99
This Valpolicella is a deceptively simple and easy drink from the NE of Italy. Light bodied, at a friendly 12.5% alcohol content, with slightly sour cherries and bruised blackcurrants making their subtle presence known over an earthy base.
2016 Albino Rocca Dolcetto DOC, Italy, $29.99
There’s a pleasant stalkiness and hints of pencil shavings and vanilla on the nose. Cherry plum and fruits-of-the-forest jamminess fill the palate with a tart sweetness and grippy tannins on the finish.
2017 Feudo Morro Montepulciano d’Abruzzio, Italy, $18.99
Musky rosewood and sweet sarsaparilla overtones here. A great value little wine a cheery price. make a top notch restaurant wine. Pizza anyone?
2017 Lino Ramble Domino Montepulciano, McLaren Vale, SA, $32.99
Meaty and rustic with balsamic spiciness, zippy acidity and lovely tannin. A bellissimo food
wine, but this time from SA’s little Italy.
2017 la Prova Nero d’Avola, McLaren Vale, SA, $23.99
Another SA ‘Italian’, this is also another great all-rounder, sweetly balanced with yummy plush fruits. We can see why it’s a top seller with the punters.
2015 Poggiotondo Sangiovese/Canaiolo, Toscana IGT, Italy, $21.99
Ah Sangiovese – rustic, savoury, earthy with Tuscan buddy canaiolo in the mix. Great tannins. A prime example from the Chianti region.
2017 Coriole Sangiovese, McLaren Vale, SA, $28.99
The SA version, this is savoury and silky with sweet cherry aromas. Nicely restrained on the
palate with plenty of length, perfect balance and soft tannins. A group favourite.
2018 Somos Aglianico, McLaren Vale, SA, $29.99
Subtle oak. Subtle plum a little funk on the nose. This little guy needs some air and opened up later in the session to show it’s best side.
2016 Maretti Barbera/Nebbiolo Langhe DOC, Italy, $23.99
From the Piedmont region, Barbera and Nebbiolo combine to provide floral spice, light dusty
tannins, elegant dark fruit, a delizioso drinking experience.
2017 Ravensworth Hilltops Nebbiolo, Hilltops NSW, $42.99
Deceptively pale, distinctly floral, layered with red fruit and a gamey twist – it must be Nebbiolo!
A long, fine finish with a lot of love to give.
2017 Albino Rocca Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC, Italy, $51.99
The grand finale – to conclude another fruity, tasty Nebb with spices and sweet red cherry laced into a subtle zippy finish. Nebbiolo for all our friends!
John ‘Bunga Bunga’ G. – Settler’s Product Imbiber & Director of In-Store Tasting Observation Studies