The Italian Selection

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The Italian Selection


The Italian Selection

With more indigenious grape varities than any other wine producing country it’s quite difficult to rattle it down to 6 wines but this box is a good taster

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The Italian Selection

1 x A Mano Bianco 2018, Puglia

Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives. Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home. This wine is full of aromas of white peaches, ripe pears, nectarines and a touch of jasmine. It has racy acidity which lifts the ripe fruit. The body is full and satisfying with a fresh acidity and a light spritz from the cool, long fermentation.

1 x Ca’dei Frati, ‘I Frati’ 2017, Lugana

The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana. Pale yellow in colour with a concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons. On the palate, it has excellent depth and balance, with lovely richness and a crisp, lively finish.

1 x Mandrarossa, Fiano 2018, Sicily

First produced in 1999, the Mandrarossa wines come from a selection of the best sites from Cantine Settesoli’s 6,000 hectares of vineyard, situated in southwestern Sicily and planted with 32 different grape varieties. This range was conceived after the diverse soils of the vineyards were mapped, enabling the winemakers to focus on what were then ranked their best sites. This wine is straw yellow in colour with green hues. On the nose, it has fresh and fragrant aromas of jasmine, basil and grapefruit, tomato leaf and laurel. The palate is fresh and mineral, with hints of aromatic herbs such as oregano and mint, and excellent length.

1 x Tormaresca, NePriCa Negroamaro 2018, Puglia

From Antinori’s outpost in Puglia comes this rich Negroamaro full of cherry, cassis & jam along with notes of violets, vanilla & anisette. Soft, juicy tannins and a deftness of touch make this a elegant offering from one of the best producers in southern Italy.

1 x Lunaria, Ruminat Primitivo 2018, Abruzzo

Cantina Orsogna is an award-winning Abruzzo cooperative specialising in native grapes of the region and are committed to the biodynamic principles by which they make their wine with many certified Demeter biodynamic wines including this Primitivo. On the nose, aromas of black cherry and violets leap from the glass. The palate is soft and smooth with notes of sweet black cherries and blackcurrant fruits combined with notes of cinnamon and cloves supported by lovely soft tannins. Well balanced with a fresh acidity and a long, fruity finish.

1 x Masi, Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico 2018, Veneto

From Masi, pioneers of Italian winemaking and famous for not only energising the Amarone market but rescusing native grape varieties form becoming extinct. This Valpolicella from theor own vineyards is a classic. A description of Valpolicella attributed to Ernest Hemingway calls it 'a light dry red wine, as friendly as the home of a favourite brother.' Friendly notes of cherry, cedar and violets pull you in; flavours of ripe cherry, raspberry and spice embrace you and end in a silky finish. Serve with risotto, lamb or venison.