Mallaluka Vermentino Riverland 2020


Mallaluka Vermentino furthers my theory – Vermentino is the next big thing! It is a more restrained style of Vermentino.

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Mallaluka Vermentino furthers my theory – Vermentino is the next big thing! It is a more restrained style of Vermentino, but the Mallaluka Vermentino has all the flavours that I look for. Herbal, intense, pine/woody, apricot. The palate has great viscosity, long finishing, and dry on the finish too.

Mallaluka Vermentino

Get it icey cold and let it gradually warm up. The intense mouthfeel makes it great to pair with something rich like a creamy cheese. Or some lovely Jamon. Drink the Mallaluka Vermentino over summer and spring, then it’ll be time to enjoy the 2021.

The motto at Mallaluka seems to be “we drink what we make, the rest is for you.” This family-run winery started in 2014. Low-intervention/experimental batches are the go here. They might learn the hard way one vintage. But next vintage, you bet they will have nailed it.


Australia’s largest wine-producing region. It is situated along the lower Murray in South Australia. Mostly it provides bulk wine and makes use of irrigation from the Murray. However, there is a slow change happening. Some great young producers are planting and producing interesting varieties that are delicious but also have low water needs.


An impressive white grape suited to warm coastal regions from Liguria down to Bolgheri and Sardinia. Rich aromatics and great texture. I think Vermentino is the next big thing. Mainly because it is delicious, but it also grows well in the Australian climate. And it ticks boxes for lovers of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.

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