"Australia has its own prosecco region around the King Valley in Victoria's High Country....We're drinking Chrismont La Zona Prosecco - classic aperitif style with freshness, purity, a hint of lemon curd and toasted almond, and a fresh acid crunch."
Country Style, December 2013
92 points. "There's no formal definition of what makes pinot gris different in style from pinot grigio - they're simply the French and Italian names respectively for a grey mutation of the pinot vine. But, in general, ''grigio'' denotes a leaner, tighter more savoury Italian style; and ''gris'' means richer, fatter, sometimes sweet wine, in France's Alsatian style. Arnie Pizzini's new ''gris'' style, complements his much-loved La Zona ''grigio'', first made in 1999. The dry, savoury La Zona Grigio 2012 ($22) contrasts with the fuller bodied, richly textured new pinot gris - a plum, barrel-fermented style that makes me think of pork sausages and duck liver."
Chris Shananhan, www.goodfood.com.au & Canberra Times Food & Wine, June 2013
"Apple and lemon on the nose, crisp and bubbly with a citrus finish. Fresh, light and just oh so easy. Put with seafood and light summer salads."
www.fabulousladieswinesociety.com, April 2013
Wine of the month "Italian varietals are all the rage in Australia at the moment, and Arneis is performing particularly well in the King Valley region of Victoria. Which is great news for all lovers of crisp, fresh and interesting white wines. This one from Chrismont's La Zona range is elegant, sophisticated and charming, yet full of all the drama of a very modern romance."
www.fabulousladieswinesociety.com, February 2013
"Winelovers should give Sauvignon Blanc a rest and try Arneis... Arnie Pizzini is one of the Northern Victorian producers doing good things with this Italian grape. Alive with juicy golden pear, citrus and nuts with a mineral backbone. There is plenty of freshness and fruit weight to enjoy along with a fuller body and a long solid finish. A wine made for good food and convivial company."
Lisa Johnson, Wine Muse, www.winemuse.com.au, July 2013
"The Chrismont La Zona Arneis 2012 is a delightful white wine defined by its floral aromatics, flavoursome palate, delicate acidity and crisp dry finish. Not just a delicious drink, this wine took on another dimension with food; complex flavours shining alongside the fresh figs, stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped in prosciutto."
Danielle Kennedy, Sip Your Style, June 2013
"Chrismont made their first Arneis wine in 2006 - an Italian variety which means 'little rascal', given the fact it's a rather tricky number in the vineyard. Here is a beautifully perfumed wine with florals and apples leading to a crisp wine with refreshing acidity, a robust texture and a long finish."
Katrina Holden, Sip Your Style, June 2013
93 Points: "It you thought arneis was just another alternative white grape from Italy, its name more interesting that its taste, think again. This has an almost electric drive to its lemon/lemon zest/lime fruit, not sweet and sour, but with a skein of sweetness buried in a citrus conveyor belt."
James Halliday Wine Companion magazine, Aug/Sept 2013
"The floral bouquet signals a complex array of flavours to come, with lime, lemon and softer notes of honeysuckle and spice; close to its best now, but won't suffer from another year or two in bottle. 89 points. Good value."
www.winecompanion.com.au. July 1, 2013,
"An intense, fruity and exotic riesling of pungent frangipane, luscious stone fruit and rich baked apple character, tempered by the acid backbone and citrus zest crunch of the cool King Valley. A wine of considerable persistence and immediate appeal." 91 Points.
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 118, July 2013
90 Points. "Riesling is the best value wine around and it matches so many different dishes from roast pork, seafood to spicy dishes such as pad thai noodles and goes brilliantly with Japanese cuisine. It's a stupendous drink on its own too so it's weird that not enough people get into it. Not sure why. I really love it. This from Chrismont in the King Valley is an easy-drinking style and wonderfully fragrant - lots of florals, especially lemon blossom with ripe nashi pear and citrus. Chalky texture, zingy with snappy acidity that's quite lip-puckering."
Jane Faulkner, www.tasteinmusic.com.au, July 2013
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