Ben says

★★ Great Wine Ruby that dials slowly away as it reaches the clear hue of the lip. Some legs spiral as you swirl it about. Dried berries, potpourri, violets and black liquorice make up a light and aromatic nose. Juicy on the palate with sharp acidity and vibrant berry fruit against a very floral backing and pricks of spiced clove. Long toasted finish. This wine is fresh and complex, while quite ripe.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Pinot Noir with 13.0% abv. Harvested over 10 days in March from sandy clay loam soils. Destemmed and wildly fermented in oak. 10% of this was whole bunch fermentation. Matured in 500L oak barrels, 20% of which was new.

Grown in: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, South AUSTRALIA.

Food Pairing

I enjoyed this with sausages, red cabbage, apple, and onion stew with roast potatoes. It worked very nicely. I imagine the deep, textured style with it’s bright acidity would be a delightful match for a top cut of beef wellington.

Disclosure & Price

Purchased in the Little Fine Wine Co. subscription for half bottles. Find in the UK for circa £44 from l’Art du Vin for a full 75cl bottle.

Reviewed and tasted: 13/05/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Winemaker Tom Carson leads the winemaking at Yabby Lake Vineyard. It was established in 1998 by the Kirby family. Keith Harris was the viticulturist that set up 20 years of legacy for the Kirby family’s terroir driven wines before Thomas Schulz took over to lead the next generation team in the vineyard. Its namesake vineyard is based in the sub-region of Moorooduc.