I have been in the hospitality industry for longer than I’d like to admit, but great food has been in my life forever. Both my mother and father are brilliant cooks and I grew up with an appreciation for typically Italian generosity of spirit (and portions), and robust flavours. I opened Vine Restaurant New Farm in 2005, and for thirteen years I enjoyed looking after a very loyal New Farm clientele with a continuation of that Italian generosity and flavour. Selling that restaurant in 2019 allowed me to focus on creating my dream restaurant. Mosconi is that dream. It has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone (Italian food and wine) and into a decidedly broader European offer. Our wine list explores many regions across the world, and our food does the same. This six-pack of my current favourites is a representation of exactly that – some highlights from France, Italy, and from our own backyard.
I look forward to pouring you a glass of wine at Mosconi soon!
- Mark Rotolone, owner Mosconi
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As a lover of Champagne, it is always such a wonderful journey stumbling across new and older producers. Bérêche Et Fils truly know what they are doing as this is a family-owned Champagne house since 1847. Working with old vines, this example is from vines more than 40-years old, which gives a great depth and concentration, slow fermentation in oak barrels, and ageing on lees to give it more complexity.
This Brut Nature is a blend of nearly equal parts of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, with a good percentage of reserve wines to give it a beautiful balance.
Tasting notes: what to expect? Notes of pastry and juicy orchard fruits, balanced by fresh acidity and minerality.
Bérêche Et Fils - Brut Nature – Champagne, France
I couldn’t have created a pack of my favourite wines and not included a Chablis. Domaine Gautheron has been making some delicious examples over the years (they were founded in 1809!) and I picked another old vine example in the mix to show the extra concentration those old vines can bring. These chardonnay vines are over 55-years old, and their roots go deep in the famous Kimmeridgian soils. Ancient seabed fossils and oyster shells all packed together which stretches from here all the way to the white cliffs of Dover.
Tasting notes: it is truly something amazing to see this back in the wine, the mineraltity is so pure and clean but balanced by the richer flavours of white stone fruit and a hint of lemon rind.
Domaine Gautheron ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Chablis – Burgundy, France
The Mornington Peninsula is a cool climate region now famous for chardonnay and pinot noir. The Ocean Eight family founded nearby Kooyong Estate, and after selling that estate founded the much smaller Ocean Eight. The grapes for Verve are picked at least one week earlier than the other vineyards in the Mornington; this earlier pick retains a core of acidity. Whole bunches are pressed before going straight into old oak barrels to highlight the vibrancy of the grapes.
Tasting notes: this is truly a wine taken in by the influences of the old world. You can expect aromas and flavours of soft white peach, grapefruit and lemon curd with a beautiful mouthfeel. There is some good minerality here as well that reminds me of some of the great wines of Chablis with an Australian spin on it.
Ocean Eight ‘Verve’ chardonnay – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
I love red Burgundy (pinot noir), but it is sometimes nice to travel a bit further south and enjoy the different variety of gamay and its unique characteristics. Beaujolais is often underrated and considered simpler than its northern neighbors, but there are some great examples out there that are meticulously crafted and intensely structured. Jean-Paul Dubost has created a stunning wine from old vines (45-years old). Viticulture is biodynamic, and fruit is all hand-harvested.
Tasting notes: this gamay is a perfect food wine, just love the cassis and spiced cherries. Well-structured with a beautiful purple tint in the glass.
Jean-Paul Dubost Beaujolais
- Lantignié – Burgundy, France
Another cool climate example from Australia’s most isolated wine region. Think Margaret River and then about a 5-hour drive south. Cool winds coming from the Arctic which normally results in a later harvest than anywhere else. I remember tasting this for the first time, and I was blown away by the balance of fruit and spice. Ironstone soils really give it some beautiful characters. The winery is all certified organic. This is decidedly more European than the big South Australian styles.
Tasting notes: on the nose there are hints of spice, savoury complexity and dark fruit coming through. On the palate expect dried raspberries, black olive, darker fruits and fine chalky tannins.
Frankland Estate ‘Isolation Ridge’ shiraz – Frankland River, Western Australia
It would be remiss of me not to include one of my favourite wine regions in this pack. I love Montalcino, and it is where the greatest examples of the Sangiovese grape on the planet come from. With this wine, I want to take you on a little journey to Italy, as we have no idea when we can actually go there again. The vineyard is located in the Castelnuovo dell’Abate of Montalcino, with vineyards on rocky slopes overlooking the Orcia River. It’s one of those spots you will see on the postcards when you wander around in the town of Siena.
Tasting notes: the wine is fresh and fruity with bright cherry fruit and redcurrants. Great to open a bottle of this with your antipasto platter on a Sunday afternoon.
San Giorgio ‘Ciampoleto’ Rosso Di Montalcino – Tuscany, Italy
Do you love one or more of these wines?
1x Bérêche Et Fils - Brut Nature
1x Domaine Gautheron ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Chablis
1x Ocean Eight ‘Verve’ chardonnay
1x Jean-Paul Dubost Beaujolais - Lantignié
1x Frankland Estate ‘Isolation Ridge’ shiraz
1x San Giorgio ‘Ciampoleto’ Rosso Di Montalcino
Pack Price $300
Includes 6 wines as suggested by Mark.
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