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Billy Button Wines

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Alex Mitchell
 
7 February 2015 | Alex Mitchell

Here we go!

Great  achievement for us yesterday bottling our next three wines - the 2014 Billy Button Chardonnay, Barbera and Sangiovese. These are all terrific wines that we will be very proud to release at Easter time when the vintage craziness settles. Jo is especially proud of the Chardonnay. Over the years she has become known as a maker of benchmark cool climate styles of this perennial favourite. Her trademarks are elegance, balance and varietal flavour and the 2014 Billy Button is no exception. She has called it The Classic because it is.

The Barbera has been christened The Affable because its so likeable and drinkable and food friendly. Its origin is the Piedemont region of Italy and it's the third most planted grape over there. A gorgeous red wine that wants to join you for lunch, for a lazy afternoon grazing on antipasto with friends, or a pizza and movie night.

Mmmmmm. Easter will be the perfect time for The Rustic Sangiovese. This classic Italian varietal is best known as the backbone of the iconic Chianti region. No, not those funny shaped bottles with the rafia baskets underneath, but the juicy, savoury and spicy wine that goes so well with soul food and great company,

The last few days we have been buzzing between vineyards taking maturity samples and checking them for flavour and sugar ripeness. Acid analysis follows so that we get an overall picture of the grape ripening process and in discussion with the growers we plan when to pick. Suffice to say this will be an earlyish harvest with plenty of flavour and natural acid - the perfect cool climate vintage!

Time Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:36 PM
Alex Mitchell
 
21 January 2015 | Alex Mitchell

The Versatile Vermentio is the third of the Billy Button Wines to sell out

We love the Versatile Vermentino and apparently so do other folks! Its been a favourite at cellar door and in the Birbante Pizzeria which takes over the cellar door facility at 5.30 of an evening. Internet sales have been steady and last week we were down to less than four cases. Then the good people from the iconic Simone's of Bright Restaurant came by to try it, fell in love and took the rest. So you'll have to head to Simone's to try it! http://www.simonesbright.com.au.
It is also available in Melbourne at The Valley Cellar Door http://www.valleycellardoor.com.au.

Earlier in the year we sold out of the Gewurtztraminer and the Friulano - what a great response to these beautiful varietals!
Fear not - the 2015 Vermentino grapes are ripening happily on the vine. The Versatile goes on.

Time Posted: 21/01/2015 at 2:07 PM
Alex Mitchell
 
21 January 2015 | Alex Mitchell

Billy Button The Torment Riesling named The Wine of the Week January 13th

It was very exciting to see that wine writer Ralph Kyte-Powell had named The Torment as the Wine the week in last week's issues of The Age Epicure and The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Section and scored it 93 points.  He is a great supporter of emerging regions and was a judge at the 2014 North East Victorian Wine Show. We've been contacted by several people who read the review and wanted to get their hands on some! 
Jo named the wine "The Torment" because she had vowed that Billy Button Wines were to be sourced from Alpine Valleys fruit only. End of. But then came the conundrum - Riesling is Jo's absolute favourite but there was none available in vintage 2014. Then she was advised of a pristine parcel of Riesling growing at the Croucher Vineyard in Whitlands in the King Valley. One visit and the deal was done. No other variety could have caused her to break the Alpine Valleys rule. What a good idea it turned out to be.

Time Posted: 21/01/2015 at 1:36 PM
Jo Marsh
 
10 January 2015 | Jo Marsh

2014 Vermentino scores 93 points from James Halliday

In the current February/March edition of Wine Companion Magazine, James Halliday has rated our 2014 Vermentino 93 points.

"Hand-picked and whole bunch-pressed (with some unintentional skin contact when power was lost for several hours with the press full of grapes). The strongest feature of the wine is its quite remarkable texture, stemming from 3 months on lees without any sulphur, but some stirring. A worthy wine. From the Ferraro Vineyard in Myrtleford, 70 dozen made. 13% alc. Drink to 2017"

Not a bad start, I'm looking forward to what he thinks of the other wines I submitted!

Time Posted: 10/01/2015 at 3:52 PM