There's not a lot of Friulano in Australia but there are now two sites I'm aware of in the Mornington Peninsula region. This is one of those wines you'd be happy absorbing the scents as you try and dissect all the interesting aromas present.
A blend of Pinot Bianco, Malvasia d'Istria and Friulano (36/36/28), it's golden sunrise like in appearance and throws out aromas of apricot, pear and a smidge of honeysuckle. Delivery is rich and generous, with nuts and a delicate spice vibe. There's some serious hang time here too as the spice just hums away.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea but there's more than a few who would jump to this style.
92/100 - Very good.
Region: Various - Victoria RRP: $24 Source: Sample
Friulano is a late ripening variety which excels in cool maritime climates. There's no surprise it has found a happy home in the Mornington Peninsula region with Kath Quealy holding its hand all the way.
I was lucky enough to catch up with Kath in January last year and she isn't afraid to try something different. This wine is fermented in amphora and the result has wow factor.
Marigold flower, lemonade... forget it. I started writing some tasting notes before I put down the pen and just enjoyed what was in front of me. This is such a delicious and sessional wine, it's not for analysing, just for sharing and enjoying. Perfect for warm days with friends.
Shame is, the cellar door has sold out but there is some availability in good independent stores around the country.