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1 2013 Pizzini Prosecco, King Valley, Vic, $19.50
Wonderfully lively sparkling wine on its own - just the right balance of lightness, freshness and a touch of grapy fruit sweetness - but possibly even better mixed with some freshly blitzed white peach purée to make a classic Bellini, served with some crunchy, salty, cheesy arancini and salt-cod fritters. 

2 2013 Jauma Pet Nat, McLaren Vale, SA, $25
"Petillant naturel" wines finish fermenting in the bottle and are often not disgorged or filtered, resulting in a cloudy, yeasty, bubbly drink. This gorgeous, rustic example is made from chenin blanc. It reminds me of crunchy Granny Smith apples and unfiltered Japanese sake and makes my mouth water for top-quality sushi.


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