(2016) A mix of rain and very dry conditions over spring and summer, but August saw perfect conditions and a 10°C diurnal shift. A slightly deeper colour than the 2007, a hint of burnished gold. Complex, developed aromatics here, salts and citrus, a hint of mushroom and truffle and yet herby/floral nuances too. Superb palate, definite toasty and peachy development, but gorgeous finesse, the acidity thrilling and clear in the finish.
(2016) A mild winter and early vine growth, bud break 20 days earlier than average. A mild summer allowed long, slow ripening, with a well-timed heat spike just before harvest in the second week of August. Quite pale - paler than the '08 or '09 - and yeasty, with a touch of toffee and honey, but it seems very elegant and refined aromatically, and youthful. Creamy and ripe, and a delicious example which may have considerable ageing potential as that refined acidity and balance is there.
(2016) Still a touch of green to the pale gold colour. Fine, light, toasty nose again a little flinty character, and such lovely crunchy apple and citrus - lime peel and lemon peel. Great combination of juicy freshness and that developed toastiness. Nice taut finish.
(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.
(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.
(2011) A saline touch making it really quite a serious fruit wine.
(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.