House Wine Made In-House
The head sommelier at Otto Ristorante, Patrick White, has been busy stomping grapes, producing a red wine for sale in the restaurant only. Named Nostrano, derived from “il nostro” meaning “ours” in Italian, it is a blend of sangiovese and shiraz, made from grapes grown in Western Australia’s Geographe region. A 2011 vintage of 13.5 per cent alcohol, it is one of a new wave of wines, putting a proportion of whole bunches, including the stalks, in the fermentation. The result is a very complex wine with foresty, spicy and red-fruit aroma and flavour, as well as tannins that are remarkably soft for such a young wine. It’s light-bodied and deliciously drinkable and would go well with many foods. It sells for $65 a bottle or $13 a glass.