The Settlers Collective go Italian!

The Settlers Collective go Italian! 1

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.

Bunga bunga!

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