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  • Bardolino 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Bardolino 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IR51

    The vineyards are located at Sommacampagna, a commune situated to the south-east of Lake Garda.

     

    65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese.

     

    Gentle crushing and destemming, and a brief cold maceration of the grapes prior to fermentation. This is followed by a long, delicate fermentation (with skin contact) in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

     

    Brilliant ruby red in appearance, the nose is delicately fruity and fragrant, with notes of cherries, strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants as well as hints of spices – cinnamon, cloves, black pepper. The palate is dry and rounded, with crunchy red fruits lightly spicy, with a well-balanced, fresh and easy-drinking style.

     

     

     

    £12.12

  • Valpolicella Classico 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella Classico 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IR21

    Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza in the hills to the east of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona. Founded in 1958 the winery owns over 140 hectares of vineyards.

     

    80% Corvina veronese e Corvinone, 20% Rondinella.

     

    Lena di Mezzo is an entirely terraced estate of 17.8 hectares that lies in the heart of Fumane, a splendid hilly zone with tufaceous, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is 250 – 400 metres above sea level.

     

    Gentle crushing and destemming, followed by temperature-controlled fermentation in  stainless steel vats with daily punching down of the cap of skins into the must so as to allow for the delicate extraction of colour and tannins.

     

    Bright ruby red in the glass, the nose is of cherries and spice. Ripe and juicy palate with red fruits and hints of pepper –  extremely elegant and well balanced.

     

     

    £12.90

  • Barbera d’Asti 2015 “Blina”, Agostino Pavia & Figli, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Barbera d’Asti 2015 “Blina”, Agostino Pavia & Figli, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR43

    The Pavia brothers are great exponents of the Barbera grape.

     

    “Blina” is 100% Barbera from low yielding vines .

     

    The manual harvest took place at the end of September followed by maceration and temperature controlled fermentation in steel. This was followed by a further 12 months ageing in steel prior to bottling.


    Bright ruby red in appearance with marked purple highlights. The bouquet is intense, full and rich with scents of plum, raspberry and spice. The palate is well-strctured and smooth, with an elegant silky texture that makes the wine fresh and very approachable. Well-balanced acidity and tannins are followed by a long finish characterised by flavours of spices and red fruit.

     

    £13.62

  • Rosso di Montepulciano 2018, Viticolore Az. Agricola Canneto, Montepulciano, 13% vol, 75cl

    Rosso di Montepulciano 2018, Viticolore Az. Agricola Canneto, Montepulciano, 13% vol, 75cl

    IR17

    In 1987 a group of Swiss friends, who had been holidaying near Montepulciano for years and who loved the local wine, decided to buy a wine estate in the region. They were so fond of the wines from Cannetto that they bought the property. They took on an Italian partner, the agronomist Ottorino de Angelis who has been in charge of the day-to-day management of the estate.

     

    The estate has 48 hectares (26 hectares are under vine) in one plot, below the winery. The soil is heavy, pebbly marl, at an altitude between 350 and 400m. The aspect is southwest, and the vines are planted horizontally to the slopes, not vertically. They will be certified organic from the 2018 vintage.

     

    The Rosso di Montepulciano is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot. The grapes are destemmed, soft-pressed and then fermented in stainless steel. The wine is aged for six months in steel, and then for a further three months in bottle.

     

    Bright ruby red in appearance, the nose is full of red fruit aromas and a touch of spice. The palate is fresh and elegant with masses of ripe fruit. The Merlot in the blend adds a bit of weight and softens the Sangiovese that can be slightly aggressive when young. Delicious, easy drinking red.

    £13.68

  • Dolcetto d’Alba 2016 “Formica”, Michele Reverdito, La Mora, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Dolcetto d’Alba 2016 “Formica”, Michele Reverdito, La Mora, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR44

    Michele Reverdito set up the family estate in La Mora in 2000 and currently has 40 ha of which 20 ha are under vines.

     

    100% Dolcetto from 20 year old vines grown on a south westerly exposure.

     

    Deep ruby red in colour, the nose is ripe and fruity with notes of ripe cherries, plums and raspberries. The palate is  rich with  fruity notes ending in a finish that is velvety and very  slightly bitter.

     

     

    £13.86

  • Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry, “Sentio”, DOC, 11% vol, 75cl

    Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry, “Sentio”, DOC, 11% vol, 75cl

    SW12

    100% Glera grape (aka Prosecco) from the province of Treviso.

     

    Made using the charmat or tank method – a quicker process than the méthode traditionelle to enhance the light, fresh nature of the wine. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Afterwards additional unfermented juice and yeasts are added to set off the second fermentation to give the wine the sparkle. The wine is then filtered and bottled under pressure.

     

    Pale straw in appearance with green hints and a fine mousse the nose is fresh and zesty with apple and citrus aromas. The palate is dry with elegant fruit and good balancing acidity.

     

     

    £14.58

  • Valpolicella 2017, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella 2017, 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

  • Marsala Superiore Dolce, Vito Curatola Arini, Sicilia, 18% vol, 75cl

    Marsala Superiore Dolce, Vito Curatola Arini, Sicilia, 18% vol, 75cl

    IW22

    Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of Curatolos, making it the oldest family-owned Marsala producing business.

     

    Their stunning label was designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous architect in Palermo in the latter part of the 19th century and is very much in the art deco style.

     

    Temperature controlled slow fermentation at 20-25°C. The base wine is 12% in alcohol and has a minimum residual sugar level of 20 grams per litre. Alcohol, mistella (fresh grape must with added alcohol) and mosto cotto (concentrated fresh grape must which is traditionally “cooked” until it reduces to a third of its initial volume) are then added to the base wine, giving it a final alcohol content of 18%, the desired sugar level and the traditional flavour. The wine is then aged for over five years (minimum two years by law) in 150 hectolitre Slovenian oak casks.

     

    Dark amber in colour, with aromas of dried figs, sultanas and caramel.  This wine is round and soft on the palate with fresh notes of dried fruit, nuts and honeysuckle with a pleasant, sweet and clean finish.

    £15.48

  • Barbera d’Alba 2015 “Butti”, Michele Reverdito, La Morra, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Barbera d’Alba 2015 “Butti”, Michele Reverdito, La Morra, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    IR45

    Michele Reverdito set up the family estate in La Mora in 2000 and currently has 40 ha of which 20 ha are under vines.

     

    The Butti site is west facing and is planted with Barbera vines of some 20 years of age.

     

    Deep ruby red in colour, the nose is warm and lifted with notes of red fruit jam and hints of leather and spice . The palate  is elegant and aromatic with a good tannic structure and a long, clean finish.

    £15.90