The Prosecco train shows no sign of stopping as it simply slows down to allow more passengers before picking up more steam. The Italians are well onto it though: Technically the grape in Prosecco is glera and the Italians are trying to trademark Prosecco under EU labelling laws, the second time in 5 years they’ve tried this. Australian producers are keen to see this off, but I believe Australian Prosecco producers should be readying a long term strategy as a redundancy for when (not if) the trademarking is allowed. Here’s 2 from the heartland of Australian Prosecco: Victoria’s North East versus 2 Italian DOC’s.
Stefano De Pieri, Di Qualita, King Valley, NV
Crown seal. Light wheat biscuit, light peach stone fruit, green pear and apple. Pleasant clean apple and pear flavours with easy bubbles. Carries its simple flavours well. Sample courtesy of Cellarmasters
Wordsmith, Bed Of Roses, Alpine Valley, King Valley, NV
Cork seal. Winemaker is John Davies. Apple flesh and juice, pear skin and some cheesy, yoghurty aromas. Lightly flavoured with apple, fennel fronds with a chalky texture and angled, sharp acidity. Trying a little too hard. Sample courtesy of Cellarmasters.
Exclusively imported into Australia by Woolworth’s liquor arm. Cork seal. Rich nose of apple flesh, blossom, light balsa wood and even a touch of brine. Fuller expression of the style with a red apple sweet kiss to go with ripe peach and grapey flavours. Length of flavour and quality mouth feel make this a cut above the rest. Wine sample courtesy of Pinnacle Drinks and Dialogue PR
Porta Dante, Prosecco, D.O.C, Italy, NV
Exclusively imported into Australia by Woolworth’s liquor arm. Cork seal. Soapy apple aromas with lemon pith, lemon skin, soda bread and styrofoam. Clean with a tropical fruit line and a citrus cut. Pleasant and decent value. Wine sample courtesy of Pinnacle Drinks and Dialogue PR