(2016) Very good weather conditions in 2009, slightly earlier bud-break and harvested two weeks earlier than 2010. I really enjoyed this opulent EBB, where I detected a little more new oak perhaps, its buttercup hue showing real Chardonnay apple-pie creaminess and a hint of flinty minerality. The palate shows plenty of fine orangey fruit and singing acidity, full and yet shimmering with life and freshness. Arguably a less refined style than some here but I loved its generosity.
(2016) Early summer was uncharacteristically cold and wet, and led to a late harvest, but thankfully in perfect conditions through August (harvested last week of August). A touch deeper in colour than the 2011 for sure, some toffee and toffee apple betraying the later harvest perhaps, a little honey but delicate chamomile notes too. The fatness comes through on the palate, in a wine that is considerably more advanced than the 2011, with good acids, but perhaps without the decisive clarity. Still rather delicious.
(2016) A warm spring and cool-ish summer, with adequate rainfall, made for a good growing season. It was also a big cropping year, with enough for Mosnel and other producers to lay down substantial reserves. It is a beautifully racy EBB, but there is richness too, the pale golden colour and a nice breadiness very inviting. Citrus peel and crisp Chardonnay fruit on the palate, a light but creamy mousse and a salty tang of acidity in the finish.
(2016) Not yet disgorged at time of tasting, the early summer was rainy and cool, but from mid-July onwards a heatwave meant the wine ended up with perfect sugar-acid ratios, and a small but high quality crop. It is hugely aromatic at this stage, lots of punch and vivacious character, real energy and life with some tropical and Mandarin orange aromas.The palate has a background creaminess of flavour, but that spark and vitality of the vintage comes through. Very promising.
(2015) Highly unusual, this is a Riesling from the shores of Lake Garda at Lugana. It's a wonderfully pure, clear and fresh expression of Riesling, yet so different from, for example, a typical Clare Valley style, though this too is dry and super-crisp, it somehow has weight and texture to its apple and lemony fruit, a certain amount of fat on the mid palate and the acidity balanced but not too austere. A really interesting wine, and delicious too.
(2009) >From a single estate in Lombardy, this delicately-coloured pink wine has gently herbal aromatics, with raspberry fruit and a touch of something a little smoky. On the palate there is plenty of racy cherry and raspberry fruit and a nicely crisp, mouth-watering acidity. Stylish, dry and food-friendly stuff.