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  • “C” Chardonnay 2019, Alpha Zeta, IGT Veneto, 13% vol, 75cl

    “C” Chardonnay 2019, Alpha Zeta, IGT Veneto, 13% vol, 75cl

    IW07

    The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress which helps to produce superior quality fruit.

     

    The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and chilled on the way to the press with no addition of sulphur. The juice was naturally settled, racked and cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation which took place at 12-14°C. Half the wine was fermented in oak, and one third of the blend was put through malolactic fermentation in order to add complexity.

     

    Straw yellow and bright in the glass, this wine is ripe and concentrated with a thread of minerality. The palate is clean, fresh and fruit driven, with a weighty mouth-feel and long finish.

    £9.42

  • “V” Valpolicella “Alpha Zeta” 2018, Verona, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    “V” Valpolicella “Alpha Zeta” 2018, Verona, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IR05

    90% Corvina/Corvinone 10% Rondinella.

     

    The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress helping to produce superior quality fruit.

     

    The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks purpose built for fermenting red wine. The must was left in contact with the skins for seven days, then fermentation took place at up to 30°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tank in which the wine was held until bottling.

     

    A lively, youthful ruby wine with fresh cherry aromas that develop into a rich cherry pie character in the mouth. Body comes from soft, supple tannins that match the concentrated fruit through to the characterful finish.

     

    £11.16

  • Primitivo “I Muri” 2018 IGP, Vigneti di Salento, Puglia, 14% vol, 75cl

    Primitivo “I Muri” 2018 IGP, Vigneti di Salento, Puglia, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR26

    Winemaker Filippo Baccalaro, a native of Piemonte, has been working in Puglia for almost two decades. He was attracted by the rich, ripe flavours of the fruit, and the ability to capture these flavours with minimal use of technology and a lot of know-how. Filippo has the latter, as is illustrated by these wines.

     

    The vineyards are mostly situated in the communes of Manduria and Sava and are owned by growers with whom Filippo has been working for many years. Production is lower than its potential, which ensures the best quality grapes are selected. 80% of the grapes come from old bush vines and the rest from trained vines that are at least 20 years old.

     

    The grapes were gently pressed and cooled to 10ºC for a maceration period of 10-12 days with regular pumping over. Yeasts were added to start fermentation, which took place under temperature controlled conditions of up to 20ºC. The wine was then transferred to oak barriques for a short time for fining, before bottling.

    Deep ruby red colour with violet reflections. This wine has red berry fruit perfumes with a hint of spice. Full-bodied with firm tannins, this wine is well balanced with lots of ripe fruit flavours.

    £11.76

  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018, “Gran Sasso”, Ortona, Abruzzo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018, “Gran Sasso”, Ortona, Abruzzo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR25

    The Gran Sasso wines are made by winemaker Filippo Baccalaro and display a freshness and directness of fruit that sets them apart from other wines from this area.

     

    Most Montepulciano at this price comes either from negociants buying bulk wines or from co-ops, neither of whom work as well or as closely with their growers as Filippo and his team. The grapes for this wine are grown in 15-20 year old vineyards in the production zones of Ortona, San Salvo and Pollutri.

     

    The grapes were handpicked. On arrival at the winery, only 10% of grapes were put in fermentation tanks with their stems – all others were destemmed before fermentation and skin contact that lasted for 15 days. Continuous racking and punch-downs took place in stainless steel and concrete tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in 80% stainless steel tanks and 20% oak barrels.

    Made in an early-drinking style, this wine is ruby red with violet highlights. Cherry, sour cherry and blackberry aromas are supported with an intense balsamic note. The palate is full bodied with good, supple tannins supporting the juicy fruit. Well-balanced with good structure and a long finish.

    £11.88

  • Negroamaro 2018, “A Mano”, Puglia, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Negroamaro 2018, “A Mano”, Puglia, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR46

    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. They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70-100 year old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style. After over a decade of vintages, they are now getting access to some of Salento’s best grapes.

     

    The Negroamaro grapes for this wine are grown in an 11 hectare vineyard, in the heart of Salice Salentino. An old vineyard, it is dry farmed and trained on trellises to prevent the sensitive grapes suffering from sunburn.

     

    On arrival at the cellars, the grapes were pressed, destemmed and cooled to 18°C and the must was allowed to ferment at its own pace. After racking in mid-November, the wine remained in an underground cement tank where the temperature did not exceed 10°C until bottling under stelvin closure.

    Deep ruby in the glass. Aromas begin with crushed berries, black cherries and spices followed by a light floral note. The exuberant palate is full and rich with lingering spice on the finish.

    £12.12

  • Valpolicella 2019, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella 2019, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 75cl

    IR09

    All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.


    Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines.


    The south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 150-250 metres above sea level. The soil there is very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin. The vines are 32 years old on average.


    65% Corvina/Corvinone, 30% Rondinella & 5% Molinara.


    The grapes were de-stalked before crushing, after which fermentation occurred at 25-31ºC in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Maceration lasted nine days and malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling in mid-February where it spent a further two months before release.

     

    Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and fresh and with age it takes on a fuller, rounder character.

    £14.94

  • Valpolicella Ripasso 2018 “La Groletta”, Corte Giara, by Allegrini, Verona, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella Ripasso 2018 “La Groletta”, Corte Giara, by Allegrini, Verona, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR16

    Corte Giara is the negociant label of Allegrini. The wines are made by Allegrini from fruit bought in from outside their own vineyards. Since 2008, they have been renting an estate called Tenuta di Naiano, which is situated east of Verona close to Lake Garda. This gives them the same control over the vineyards as they have with the Allegrini wines.

     

    The vineyards are situated in the hilly areas of the Valpolicella DOC, at an altitude of 180-250 metres above sea level. The vineyards face south east and are based on chalky and clay soils.

     

    This wine was made using a traditional Veronese practice known as “ripasso”. The grapes were destalked and crushed before being fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for nine days with daily pumping over. Second fermentation was on the pomace from amarone in February. This re-fermentation gives the wine more body and depth. It was then matured on yeast lees for 11 months in large Slovenian oak barrels prior to bottling where it remained for two months before release.

    Deep ruby red colour with good concentration. Plump red fruit combines well with sweet spices, giving way to delicately spiced herbs. Full and satisfying, with excellent structure and vibrant acidity that create a harmonious balance for a wine that is both smooth and vivacious on the palate.

    £17.76

  • Lugana 2019 “I Frati”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13% vol, 75cl

    Lugana 2019 “I Frati”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13% vol, 75cl

    IW09

    The secret of the success of the Ca’ dei Frati property is the Dal Cero family’s outstanding vineyards.  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 100 hectares. Their investment in their model winery has meant that the increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality, and today they are undoubtedly the best producer in Lugana.

     

    The must for the Lugana (100% Turbiana) was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and unoaked to maximise its fresh fruit character. The wine remained on the lees in stainless steel tanks for six months before bottling.

    Light 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.

    £19.92

  • Langhe Nebbiolo 2018, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Langhe Nebbiolo 2018, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    IR24

    Aldo Vajra’s (pronounced Vyra) wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico Vajra. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

     

    These grapes come from young Nebbiolo vines in Vajra’s own vineyards in the communes of Barolo and Novello. The vines are four to seven years old and will produce Barolo DOCG in several vintages time. This Nebbiolo is also enriched by grapes from the wonderful Roccabella vineyard in the commune of Sinio, planted on steep south-facing terraces.

     

    Fermentation lasted 15-18 days, at temperatures no higher than 29-30ºC with indigenous yeast strains and traditional daily punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed and the wine was then aged for six months largely in stainless steel tanks, with a small portion in neutral wood, before bottling.

     

    The wine is bright ruby-red with intense notes of violet and rose, accompanied by the freshness of ripe red berry fruits on the nose. This is an elegant Nebbiolo with herbaceous notes and perfumes of roses and red berries complemented by silky tannins and delicate acidity.

    £26.40