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We team up with a rockstar of the Melbourne dining scene with this, the third in our series of restaurant collaborations.
Caterina Borsato and Patrick Walsh met in the first days of the somm scene in the early ’90s. The former went on to start Caterina’s Cucina e Bar in ’95, the latter founded CellarHand. It’s been a friendship built on fun and trust ever since.
Caterina, known to many as erstwhile host of the Regional Italian Cuisine television series, has dedicated years to turning out sophisticated, traditional Italian lunches with a bow to modernism. There’s no substitute for Caterina’s unique, expectation defying hospitality, nor for the cooking of head chef Marcello Mariani, but these wines will take you as close as you can get – especially with an enclosed recipe card for Gippsland Rabbit Leg Livornese style with sautéed greens, perfectly paired with La Spinetta’s juicy Sangiovese.

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2019 Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling

Organically certified, this address has loosened up a conventional strut of austerity, to a swagger of confidence, textural detail and poise. This new stance is embellished with optimally ripe fruit evincing care, love for the land and authority. From white clay, this is a rich and spicy riesling, reminiscent of great Germanic expressions over the sour Aussie norm. A forcefield of palate-staining intensity. Vinous. Extracted righteously. Honest to place and what that brings, be the alcohol a bit higher. This is juicy, powerful and complex. Compelling length. Quince, lemon oil, apricot pith and tonic. 97 points. Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2021 A very pristine nose with aromas of crushed stones, white pepper, lemons, yellow grapefruit and lightly spiced pastry. The palate has striking acidity that floods in early with plenty of citrus-dominant flavours and then chisels in tight, before launching long into the finish. Like a baseball pitcher’s wind up, it lands right in the strike zone! From organically grown grapes. Drink over the next decade. Screw cap. 96 points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

2017 André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé Vielles Vignes

Supple, succulent white of just ripe stone fruit characters, a flicker of pumice and quartzy mineral character, lemony acidity all drawn exceptionally long across the palate. Indeed, one of the loveliest features of the wine is this lightly palate-staining fresh fruit/sweetness/faint nuttiness that seems to go on and on. A delight! Such a ‘come hither’ style of wine – urging you back to your glass. And neat and tidy, nee, elegant. For bistros and backyards, perhaps. 92 points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

2018 Scorpo Rosé

Whole-bunch pressed, unusual for rosé, wild-fermented in used oak. Juicy red fruits, but no hint of sweetness. light-bodied, but nonetheless is a serious wine. 94 points. James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021