Vino Intrepido New Releases

We’ve heard so much in recent years about alternative varieties and how important they are for the future of the Australian wine industry in light of climate change etc etc. You’ve heard it, I’ve heard it and God knows we get hammered on the tasting bench with examples from across this wide brown land.

On most occasions the varieties hale from Italy – Fiano, Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola, Pinot Grigio and several others. I have to say that after sourcing wine in Italy for the best part of 26 years, I don’t see too much that would convince me to choose the local variants over the Italian originals which are generally more interesting and very often, less expensive.

Obviously there are exceptions and undoubtedly huge potential for Australia going down this road. This I do not deny, and over the last few years one of the very best of those exceptions are the wines from Vino Intrepido.

Made by sommelier- come – Italian wine rep – come Italian wine tragic, James Scaresbrook, his renditions of Italian varietals are some of the most convincing you will find. That’s not to say I like them because they’re mimicking the Italians. Nup, not at all, and in fact the fruit spectrum generally shows it’s antipodean origin. The thing that impresses me most is that Scarcebrook brings an understanding of what makes these varieties tick. Through intelligent winemaking techniques (often observed in his own travel in Italy) he brings texture and aromatic complexity to these varieties. It’s a recognition of how these varieties work with food and transports them from dry white and red wines to something with altogether more interest.

He sources fruit from sympatico growers across Victoria, from Heathcote to Tuerong and the wines sport clever packaging (the Nebbiolo – Spanna in the Works – references the area in the Alta Piemonte and a traditional home of the grape) and priced in a sweet spot. If I was to choose, I reckon the whites in the range are the most successful but the reds are more than worthy. What’s more they’re terrific value for money…maybe another by-product of the winemaker’s time working in the trade.

The final point to make is that these wines never lose the connection to drinkability and everyday joy. I highly recommend them to you.