The Italian Schioppettino variety

   I tried this variety at a Wine Ark tasting ( a while ago now and was suddenly drawn into this lesser-known grape variety from Italy. It was like getting bitten by the Pinot bug… Like a whole world opened up to me that I previously hadn’t got into – absolutely delicious! This was a 2004 Bressan Schippettino – vibrant and elegant. Had it again at the new wine bar, 121 BC / Vini (, in Surry Hills where they stock it – worth a try (both the wine and the bar!).

   Bressan Schioppettino 2004 – Rarely seen in Australia is this wine from Friuli in northeast Italy. A pure, mouth-watering example of the hard to cultivate Schioppettino variety from Italy. Starting with a complex bouquet of aromatic wood, musk, lots of wild mixed berries and a whiff of cigar box, these characters then follow through the palate packed with flavour – but not jammy or over the top. This is all enveloped in velvety mouth feel, medium-body and a vibrant, long finish. Age has really let time do it’s thing, letting complexity evolve and soften but still remaining powerful – Excellent drinking now and over the next few years…


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