Lambrusco is one of those wine styles that seems to have been deeply unpopular for decades now. Once a staple of many Aussie homes, it’s long since been consigned to the forgotten nooks of bottle shops, alongside the likes of Blue Nun and Mateus Rosé. That’s a bit of a shame in my view – while there may be “better” wines out there, I think many people are missing out on something they may enjoy: an easy to drink, lower alcohol red. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of the more widely available examples: Ballini Lambrusco Del Emilia.
I couldn’t find out much about this wine online, at least not in English, though it’s safe to assume its from a big commercial producer. The back label calls it a “full-flavoured, lightly sparkling Red Lambrusco with a fresh, fruity sweetness. It’s designed to be chilled, so put it in your fridge if you buy some. It’s also only 8.5% alcohol, which will suit anyone that doesn’t want to drink too much.
This was recommended to me by a reader of this site, who picked it up from BWS for $8. I did one better and got it for $7 at Dan Murphy’s ($6.65 with the six-pack discount). At that price, no one should expect fireworks, especially given it’s been imported and shipped here from Italy. Still, there are a few perfectly decent wines available around that price, including the JP Chenet Malbec. Let’s see how this one goes.
The Review: Ballini Lambrusco Del Emilia
There’s a plummy, blackcurranty kind of nose. It’s pleasant though not quite enticing, with a bit of an industrial edge. The palate is medium to full-bodied with some light bubbles. It’s let down a bit by an over-dry acidity on the palate but there’s a hint of sweetness on the end to even it out. It goes pretty well for a $7 bottle of red. My wife preferred this over some more expensive wines we’ve had open.
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Alcohol Percentage: 8.5%
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