Billy Buttons happen to be among some of my favourite yellow flowers so I was immediately intrigued when I saw this label and this feeling of anticipation was only increased when I saw the grape variety. Malvasia Istriana is still relatively rare as Australian white wine, being a common grape variety in Meditteranean countries, particularly Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. According to the Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory, 2016 just four wine producers have owned up to using the variety in a wine. It is a new addition to Jo Marsh’s Billy Button label and I think it has to be a keeper.
The redolent stonefruit, melon and floral fruit hangs along a fine citrus backbone and pulls at the senses. That ripe fruit adds weight in the mouth and leaves you in no doubt about this wine’s fragrant personality. A spicy cream flows from the mid palate and finishes off with long crisp honeysuckle and ginger freshness. A wine to enjoy now, not just on a warm afternoon, but any season, any time.
Date: 29/02/2016 Price: $ Value: $$ Drink: Now – 2 years
Note: Pronounce this as Mahl- vah-ZEE-a