An already lovely full texture suggests that some bottle age will produce a softer food companion for those who have patience.
Although undoubtedly fake news, it was reported that an in extremis Kevin Spacey blamed a bottle of Rallentando for sweeping a youth off his feet a few years ago and carrying him across the wedding threshold. However, it doesn’t explain his behaviour of lying all over the lad.
Ragtime shows no fear or favour to the downtrodden or elevated socialites alike, so beware of its ubiquitous charms.
A recent example of the mighy fallen is George W Bush who joined the lengthening retinue of octogenarian rampants. A mightily surprised 34-year old actress complained that George, now a 93 year old pubescent, managed from his wheelchair to impart a dirty joke and then grab her butt. His loyal wife Barbara rolled her eyes at the clumsiness and said it was down to the bottle of Ragtime he’d consumed in the car.
Occasionally we see a sturdy farmer wandering around with a glass of Ritz clutched in his hoary mitt, but invariably looking a bit shifty at drinking something so tasty.
Unlike our other Rieslings which are designed to age, this one should be drunk early.
The Ritz is ideal for weddings as an aperitif – with chicken and seafood nibbles.
The White House PR minders are constantly confounded by what Donald dreams up overnight and unleashes first thing after waking. Was he sleeping uneasily and were his dreams phychotic? What was the origin of these intemperate outbursts? Although apocryphal, we heard that in addition to a bundle of old Playboy magazines found under his bed, there was a stash of empty Ritz bottles.
The wine itself was fermented in stainless over a period of 10 days at an average temperature of 19 degrees.
Piccolo is dry with a perfumed floral nose and notes of white peach, mango and musk. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. An ideal wine for spicy food and risqué repartee.
Piccolo can be sharply separated from what guru Jancis Robinson describes as “the sea of reasonably undistinguished Italian Pinot Grigios” and is much closer to the Alsace version of the variety (which is a mutation of Pinot Noir).
The most unusual application of our Piccolo was reported last Valentines Day – an enthusiastic punter took a bottle to the Wellington Zoo that night and sipped it to the mellifluous sound of the animals mating!
So, an executive decision was called for. Best option was for a Rosé. We’d never used Syrah before so that would be interesting. And it is.
We could have blended it with our Pinot based Ramblin’ Rosé but thought we’d give you punters the chance to try both side by side.
With 22g/l residual sugar it’s noticeably sweeter than Ramblin’ but still very lively with a delicious tart berry fruit character, (cranberry?).
The back label contains a slip from the poet laureate – Is it Mick or Jimi? Its spirit is accurate though – designed for frivolity and possible dalliance.
Despite these conditions our fruit came in clean and we picked between 5-10 April. Average brix a little lighter than usual at 22.7. The wine is savoury (10/5 clone) and delicious with a lighter texture than the 2016 – a delicate little number reminding you that unlike cabernet, which is bigger, Pinot Noir is complex and gentle simultaneously.
As someone said, “ it expresses the vineyard perfectly.” The greatest compliment is “Its typical – very Pinot.” Try it with pork, mushrooms and densely textured fish like salmon, tuna, groper etc. Cellared properly Pizzicato ‘17 will travel gracefully to 2022.
Not understanding Pinot any better than economics PresidentTrump was caught recently sprinkling burgundy on a raspberry cupcake. This is not recommended.
Our Reserve Pizzicato Pinot is derived from six distinct clones. The result is a wine of gravitas and tight structure with a lovely silky texture – a hallmark of excellence in Pinot Noir. Maximum flavour expression has been preserved, with the Reserve neither filtered or fined. The 2016 will cellar for at least 6 years. Such perseverance will be amply rewarded with increased savoury character. For early drinking, a period of extended breathing seems to enhance the gustatory experience.
To ensure full ripeness of our Syrah, over half the grapes are dropped unceremoniously to the ground soon after fruit set. The result of this austerity is a low 1.4 tonne/acre yield, financially suicidal, but favouring the imbiber.
Compared to the average Aussie shiraz, local syrahs are typically lighter in texture and more subtle in flavour – a distinction not always detected by our antipodean neighbours whose palates have come to prefer the bolder expression that comes from 40oC temperatures. Each to his own.
People mostly hone in on the peppery/spicy character of Que Sera to which our panel added dark fruits, eg raspberry and toasty oak. Goes with most red meats especially venison. Duck is good.