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Vicari – 26/04/2012

Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi 2011
Quite a bold floral ripe fruit nose, and on the palate seemed to gently fade away with elegance and freshness.

L’Insolito Verdicchio Classico Superiore 2010
A wine that takes inspiration from Saint Clair in New Zealand, harvested later and treated with care and attention but no oak. The 2010 is one of the best whites I have tasted in Italy, expressing a combination of floral, ripe tropical pineapple notes on the nose, whilst on the palate combines deep and intense texture with volume, complexity and some late creaminess in the back.

Il Rustico Lacrima 2010
My first experience with the variety, and it blew my head off, as it is one of the most aromatic reds I have ever encountered. The floral rose and violet notes are extraordinary, and add in musk spice and red fruits it makes for a whirlwind of complexity. On the palate it is quite soft and generous with focus and spice, but it is like drinking flowers.

Lacrima Superiore 2011
A much more intense and complex version, with more subtle and complex characteristics, expressing spicier more peppery notes.

Essenza Lacrima 201
Made through carbonic maceration, which gives the wine a candied sweetness and makes it look hot, not something I think works for the variety.

Rosso Piceno 2010
A blend of 70% montepulciano, 28% sangiovese and 2%, is a juicy exuberant and fresh wine with softness, elegance and authenticity.

Amaranto Lacrima Passito 2009
Style suits the variety perfectly, as the fruit has no problem achieving the balance of sugar and acids necessary to make an elegant sweet wine. Has a gorgeous ripe floral character throughout, introducing some very subtle spice and pepper elements, bold yet refined texture and some subtle black fruit.

A Vicari barrel not actually in use

A Vicari barrel not actually in use

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Roses are red, violets are blue (Marche, Italy – Day One)

Coming from Australia and being a wine drinker has its perks but also its disadvantages. As a wine-producing country we make more than enough wine to consumer ourselves. In actual fact, we produce so much that more Australian wine is exported than consumed within the country. Most of the wine is fairly basic approachable wine, a lot of which gets exported and has subsequently led to Australian wine being assumed to be all the same. This is of course not the case, as Australia is an extremely large country with a very wide variety of climates and regions. Thus Australia is quite possibly the most diverse producer of wine in the world, and Australian consumers now have access to an endless number of varieties and styles from over 100 regions. Like many other New World wine producers the vast majority of the wine is made from varieties of French origin, but unlike others we now grow a range of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and even more obscure Eastern European varieties. Because of the accessibility and quality of the wines produced locally, Australia is not a large importer of wine, apart for that from New Zealand. The wines we do import are generally those we can’t produce ourselves, and are of a much higher quality. Thus in the past most of the wine was from the best regions in France, some from Italy and Germany, and less from Spain and Portugal. This has meant that many varieties and regions from around Europe are largely unheard of in Australia that may be better known elsewhere. This leads me to my point that it was necessary for me to actually come to the regions that are unfamiliar, to learn about these varieties and styles, because as the quality of wine improves new wines will become more available around the world.

Newly forming bunches pre-capfall

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