In his 96 point review of the Pizzini Coronamento Nebbiolo 2002, The Wine Front’s Campbell Mattinson predicted the birth of an Australian classic:
This wine will become known as an Australian classic. In 15 years time you will hear about it, and wish that you had shelled out for some. It has been meticulously put together, and tastes magnificent: like tea leaves, like licorice, like leather, like malt, like burnt coffee, like heaven. It has a lot of tannin, every ounce of it ripe. It has a lot of acidity, every drop of it completely part of the wine. It has length. This wine was so good, it made me redefine the parameters of what I thought was possible. It’s price, while high, should be compared with world nebbiolo prices – because this wine deserves to be ranked among them. This is staggeringly good. (Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 9 January 2007)
Mattinson is certainly not alone in his high praise for Pizzini’s flagship nebbiolo. The Coronamento Nebbiolo is widely regarded as Australia’s best example of the nebbiolo and has a price to match its reputation – the current 2005 vintage retails for $135.
Pizzini’s success in creating a wine that warrants comparison even with some of the finest examples of Barolo and Barbaresco owes much to the vision and leadership of Pizzini founder and proprietor Alfred Pizzini.
Alfred was one of the first winemakers to introduce Italian varieties in Australia, planting nebbiolo and sangiovese in the mid 1980s on the undulating slopes of his vineyard in northeast Victoria’s picturesque King Valley.
The cool climate and the well-drained soils proved ideal conditions for creating nebbiolo with the characteristic hallmarks of the original from Italy. Like great Barolo and Barbaresco from northwest Italy’s Piedmont region, the Coronamento Nebbiolo is a wine of power, complexity and finesse. As Nick Stock commented in The Age and SMH Good Wine Guide 2013, it represents “the family’s aspirations to make a profound, spare-nothing statement.”.. [Read More]