Thursday, 28 September 2017

Usher Tinkler La Volpe Prosecco 2017

If you're in the Hunter Valley, Usher Tinkler's Cellar and Salumi is a must do. There's a point of difference everywhere you look be it the furniture, relaxed atmosphere, engaging staff or simply the trendy booze on offer along with a wicked array of salumi and cheese.

I popped into the Hunter Valley briefly last week and a friend of mine and I had one shot at hitting a cellar door - this was it. We got talking to Matt who served us - cool, personable, he clearly knew his stuff in a relaxed manner. Staff like that are an asset to any business, well played Matt.

Usher Tinkler's wife Ebony is the brains behind much of the goings-on. She was just awarded the Australian Women in Wine Awards Marketer of the Year - well deserved too I say.

Ebony came up with the artwork for this Prosecco label. Eye-catching in many respects. Matt and I joked that 'side boob brings sales' but more particularly it's what's in the bottle. This a winner hands down. Matt and I discussed the 'Side Boob Co-efficient' - the more side boob the more wine sold. There's a mathematical formula there for sure.

The wine itself is a clever piece. Far from the boring and mundane Proseccos on the commercial market, this is the first Prosecco to be grown in the Hunter Valley. The Glera variety which is used to make Prosecco was grafted onto 35-year-old Semillon vines. Another point of difference...

Enticing and captivating aromas, it's fresh and bursting from the glass. Fresh with white flowers and cut pear, there's a touch of poached pear in the mouth walking steadily beside freshly cut apples. What gets the juices flowing is the minerally undertow. My friend Danielle said this makes killer Aperol. I just think it's a killer drink. Go hard at this on a sweaty day to quench your thirst.

Drink now.


Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $30
Source: Cellar Door tasting

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