Chardonnay Family Reserve

Vasarelli Wines of McLaren Vale - Chardonnay Family Reserve

Grapes: Chardonnay

Alcohol: 12.5%

Region (fruit sourced): McLaren Vale

Style: Medium

Background

Being a rather neutral grape, Australian winemakers first approached Chardonnay in the same manner they were making wine from the similarly neutral Sultana grape. Aromatic yeast was added and maceration was extended to get more flavours from skin contact. While the style of Australian Chardonnay is mostly characterised by the mass-produced products of the hot Riverland region, the cooler climates here in McLaren Vale have been creating more crisp, less oaked wines with lime notes. This Family Reserve Chardonnay was produced from the ripest grapes, hand-picked and matured in French and American oak. Yeast lees contact and regular stirring has produced a richly flavoured and complex Chardonnay. The Vasarelli's McLaren Vale is a big, complex and flavoursome wine with lots of fruit and oak character. It's extremely well integrated and balanced, with excellent cellaring potential.

Winemaker Notes

In exceptional vintages, we select the best varietal parcels to be bottled under the “Vasarelli Family Reserve Label”. This special Family Reserve Chardonnay was produced from ultra-premium fruit from our single vineyards of 30 year old vines. Mild gold colour, with rich complex fruit and driven with excellent varietal fruit character, finished with an elegant citrus tinge and oak complexity. In exceptional vintages, we select the best varietal parcels to be bottled under the “Vasarelli Family Reserve Label”.

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Mild gold. Rich, complex fruit-driven Chardonnay with excellent varietal fruit character, an elegant citrus tinge and additional yeast lees and oak complexity. Rich, complex and flavoursome with distinctive stone fruit characters and barrel-derived grilled nut hints. Extremely well integrated and balanced, like all wines from Pat and Vicki Vasarelli, this is a great food wine, popular with all meat dishes.

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Moscato

Vasarelli Moscato

Grapes: Muscat

Region (fruit sourced): McLaren Vale

Style: Sweet/Light Bubbles

Alcohol: 6%

Background

Moscato is a low alcohol wine often sweet and just a little bubbly. Over recent years low alcohol sweet or semi-sweet wines under the name Moscato have become very popular in Australia. The appeal of these wines is that they are very refreshing, the natural acidity of the wine is offset by the sweetness, but they are not overwhelmingly sweet. Many occasional or novice wine drinkers find these wines more palatable than an over oaked Chardonnay or an astringent Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaker Notes

The key to making Moscato is to capture the natural fruity, spice aroma and flavour of the Muscat grape. The grapes are crushed and pressed quickly then the clarified juice is put in a pressurised fermenter. During fermentation the carbon dioxide is captured giving its ‘frizzante’ character. The ferment is stopped early leaving the grapes natural sugar and flavour intensity as the wines key features. Close your eyes and think of fresh grapes, that’s what Moscato tastes like. The colour is pale yellow and there are very fine bubbles. The palate is fruity and fresh with a lovely crisp finish.

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Pinot Grigio

Vasarelli Pinot Grigio

Grapes: Pinot Grigio

Region (fruit sourced): Finnis, Currency Creek

Style: Light - Medium

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background

Pinot Grigio is a dry-fruity white wine produced from the grape varietal commonly grown and exported from Italy. The term ‘Pinot’ equates to ‘pine cone’ in Italian, a testament to the shape of the clusters take upon growing. The word ‘Grigio’ essentially means ‘grey’ which is descriptive of the traditional greyish colour of the gerapes. Planted in 2006 at the Finniss block along with four other varieties, it was first bottled under the Vasarelli label in 2010.

Winemaker Notes

Grapes are picked in the cool of the night, and crushed immediately to preserve flavour and colour. Specially selected yeast is used during the fermentation process to enhance the development of flavours. With a pale gold colour, pure varietal fruit characters of apple, apricot, pear and a hint of peach. Soft mixed flower characters are evident in the background. Light body with roundness and pleasant mouth feel. Good balance, long finish clean mouth-watering, and a tad spicy, yet delicate. Serve chilled with chicken, seafood or fresh green salads for a match made in heaven.

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Pinot Noir Chardonnay

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

Grapes: Chardonnay 95%, Pinot Noir 5%

Region (fruit sourced): McLaren Vale

Style: Sparkling

Alcohol: 11%

Background

Since the early 90’s the traditional blend has been approximately 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. However, as with all quality boutique wines, there is no stringent recipe as the fruit varies from season to season.
The Vasarelli Chardonnay Pinot Noir has a unique elegance and balance, the Chardonnay contributing elegance, and the Pinot Noir contributing fruit and flavour intensity. Grown on the family home block in McLaren Vale, this is the first sparkling wine the Vasarelli’s have produced in 20 years. Perfect for any celebration.

Winemaker Notes

A traditional, bottle fermented sparkling wine. A wine of rich Pinot Noir fruit, buy showing elegance and finesse. It is full flavoured with a rounds middle palate and a finish of fresh, finely tuned acid. The traditional method sees classic varieties harvested early, blended and re-fermented in a bottle to capture the fine bubbles. Drink now with friends and family. Remember to serve this sparkling well chilled, with a selection of lightly grilled seafood or canapés. Vicky Vasarelli recommends it with delicious fresh local oysters and a squeeze of lemon.

Enjoy………….Buon Appetito

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Sangiovese

Vasarelli Wines of McLaren Vale - Sangiovese

Grapes: Sangiovese

Region (fruit sourced): Finniss, Currency Creek

Style: Medium

Alcohol: TBA

Background

Early theories on the origin of Sangiovese dated the grape to the time of Roman winemaking. It was even postulated that the grape was first cultivated in Tuscany by the Etruscans from wild ‘vitis vinifera’ vines. The literal translation of the grape's name, the "blood of Jove", refers to the Roman god Jupiter. According to legend, the name was coined by monks from the commune of ‘Santarcangelo di Romagna’ in what is now the province of Rimini in the Emilia-Romagna region of east-central Italy. Sangiovese is becoming increasingly popular as a red wine grape in Australia, having been introduced in the late 1960s. The first large scale commercial planting of the grape was in the 1980s when Penfolds expanded their vineyards in the Barossa Valley

Winemaker Notes

Deep crimson. Lifted aromas of dark cherry, complexed by earthy and savoury characters. Medium bodied, dry red wine showing an irresistible combination of earthy, savoury characters with underlying dark cherry flavours balanced by grainy tannins. Enjoy with Italian sausages or ravioli with cherry tomato sauce.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Vasarelli Wines of McLaren Vale - Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

Region (fruit sourced): Finniss, Currency Creek

Style: Medium - Full

Alcohol: 12%

Background

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety believed to have originated in the ‘Gironde’ area of southwest France during the seventeenth century. At that time it may also have been called Petit Sauvignon. The grape gets its name from the French word ‘Sauvage” (wild) and ‘Blanc” (white). The number of plantings is on the rise in Australia and with over the next five years, the quality will be comparable to what we expect from New Zealand. First planted at Finniss, Currency Creek in 1998, the region itself is of a cooler climate, which tends to allow the grapes to achieve perfect concentration and acidity.

Winemaker Notes

The Sauvignon Blanc has quite impressive flavours offering rich, ripe floral fragrances infused with an acidic crisp freshness. A vibrant pale lemon colour, it’s delightful at the nose with a combination of ripe tropical fruit and gooseberry. Its palate is fresh and zesty, with the gooseberry and tropical flavours balanced by crisp acidity leading to a long fruity finish. The vibrant essence of this wine generally matches well with fresh seafood, particularly scallops and prawns.

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