WINE TALK

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with ANITA

JUST as the weather be­gan to turn and the sun de­cided to make an ap­pear­ance, so did the new sea­son’s calves be­gin to ar­rive.

It was some­where around Fa­ther’s Day and the dad looked quite chuffed, watch­ing over the fence as four ar­rived within hours of each other.

It’s al­ways a tense time as you hope for fine weather, a smooth land­ing and that na­ture won’t throw you a curve ball.

Thank­fully among the first to ar­rive safely were those be­long­ing to hand reared mums who de­spite be­ing ‘stock’ still have a spe­cial place in your heart.

So it was with some re­lief that we en­joyed chicken for dinner and opened a bot­tle of Pizzini Wines Ries­ling.

The pale, gold tinged wine has a lovely and fa­mil­iar flo­ral bou­quet which ring true to the va­ri­ety – vi­brant with cit­rus blos­som, ap­ple and a touch of the trop­ics.

The flavour is fresh and zesty with the zing of lime and dis­tinc­tive grape­fruit.

It was ap­par­ently grown on a north east fac­ing slope lead­ing down to the King River, so maybe it’s the river breeze which adds to its vi­brancy.

The wine is great foil for the rich­ness of roast chicken breast and its salty skin.

Now all we have to do is wait for the re­main­ing calves to be born.

When they do ar­rive, it will be a good rea­son to open another bot­tle.

Visit the cel­lar door in the King Val­ley or go to www.pizzini.com.au.

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