Jo Marsh’s Billy Button Alpine Valleys Wines began its life in 2014. Billy Button has used the diversity of grapes and regions in Victoria’s North East to make beautiful wines. The style here is elegant and flavoursome but restrained. The name comes from the flowers, related to the daisy, that create a sea of gold during the warmer months, blanketing Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop.
I enjoyed the classic pepper and red berries in this wine. There was a nice balance between fruit, acid and tannin. It is a fresh, easy drinking red. A slight chill in summer will not hurt this wine.
Wine maker notes. “I first me Schioppettino in 2015 and was immediately intrigued. I’d never worked with the variety before, not many people in Australia have, so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. I’ve discovered it’s a very peppery variety with long, fine tannins, and the long cool growing season have produced a wine with pronounced white pepper characters. This only the third crop from these vines at the Greenacre Vineyard in Merriang South but I think the variety has a lot of potential and can’t wait to see it with a bit of vine age.”
There is a lot spoken about the lovely King Valley but the Alpine Valleys that surround offers some fantastic wines, often at great value.
Schioppettino was saved from oblivion in 1997. Friuli is its home but it had fallen out of favour. Nowadays Schioppettino has its own sub-zone and is growing in size and popularity. Schioppettino is also found in Slovenia where it’s called pocaza. The wines are reminiscent of Pinot Noir or Syrah. They tend to be lower alcohol and higher in acidity. They tend to have characters of violets, red berries, pepper, and earthiness. Also known as Ribolla Nera locally.