Getting my hands on ‘Patio’ pet nat by La Violetta just made my month.
This fizzy fandango is a conversation in a glass. There’s no small talk here — Patio is full of funky, lively spirit. There’s nuanced, lush flavour and an energetic fizz that come together in a cloudy haze to give new meaning to the word quaffable.
This is a fruit and flower powerhouse. Riesling and Muscat blend perfectly and give me all the moreish pear, citrus, apple and brioche goodness, which almost produces a cider-y vibe.
Patio is the wine you can rock up with to your mate’s house for some ‘porch hangs’ that always run late into the night. It’s so easy to drink and I reckon it’s a people pleaser and then some.
Winemaker AJ Hoadley of La Violetta is making a fine display of what the Great Southern can produce. Hoadley comes to the region by way of Piedmont, Abruzzo and Washington State along with a host of Australian locations.
As a local ‘product’ of the area myself, it makes me happy to see the region represented in such a classy outfit. With grapes sourced from a select few growers, production is kept small in scale to ensure each wine makes a big impact. The outfit produces a mix of single vineyard, single varietal wines and some exotic blends.
As sunshine gives way to rainy, cooler days, consider exploring the rest of the wines in this fine range. And stay tuned for another La Violetta review sometime soon.
In the meantime, I always like to recommend a book with my booze, so here’s my pick below.
I recommend pairing Patio with the book ‘Spring Clean for the Peach Queen’, a bright and lively read inspired by the fruit-filled town of Donnybrook, Western Australia. Read the review
Fable and Fizz would like to acknowledge the Whadjuck Noongar people as the traditional owners and continual custodians on the lands and waters this content is primarily written on. I pay respects to their Elders — past and present. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.