Traditionally grown in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia and Veneto regions of Italy, the ancient Verduzzo grape is used to produce both dry varietal wines and late harvest or passito style wines. Some of the finest examples come from the Colli-Orientali DOC Region. The grape has a challenging reputation for making wine as the flavours together with its high phenolic content exist in the skin. It has often been said that Verduzzo masquerades as a red wine such is its tannin content, unusual in whites.
Established in 1997, the Carillion Vineyard on the slopes of Mt Canobolas in Orange is one of three properties family-owned by Davis Premium Vineyards, the others located in the Hunter Valley - where the Tallavera Grove cellar door is based - and at Wrattonbully in South Australia.
Mid-straw yellow colour. Fresh aromas of pineapple, nectarines and green apples with a musk-like undertone.
Dry and a faintly oily texture. Slightly astringent at first with a palate of green apple, black tea, chalky dry tannins and nutmeg. There is quite a bit of grip to the mouthfeel. Intense citrus mid-palate. Spicy and smooth on the finish. A well-balanced wine. Softened up more on the second evening's drinking with some interesting honey nuances present.
Ready to drink now but can see this cellaring for a few years. Good value for an exciting, food-friendly variety.
Source: Sample. ABV: 13.5%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $20.00. Rating: 90 Points. Website: http://tallaveragrove.com.au/