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  • “Palazzo della Torre” 2015, Ripasso, Allegrini, Fumane, IGT Veronese, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Palazzo della Torre” 2015, Ripasso, Allegrini, Fumane, IGT Veronese, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR07

    The Allegrini family estate covers 100 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The family has been growing grapes here for six generations. All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from these vineyards. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.

     

    Palazzo della Torre covers 26 hectares of east-facing vineyard planted between 1962 and 2013, situated 240 metres above sea level. Allegrini purchased this vineyard in 1978. Soils are cretaceous and calcareous.

     

    70% Corvina/Corvinone, 25% Rondinella & 5% Sangiovese.

     

    Allegrini use the modern version of the traditional “ripasso” technique for Palazzo della Torre, drying a proportion of the grapes in the ‘Terre di Fumane’ drying centre, to intensify the character of this vineyard. The grapes to be dried were hand picked at the beginning of September, whereas those to be vinified immediately were picked at the end of the month. 70% of the grapes picked were vinified immediately and 30% were left to dry until the second half of December when they were vinified and then refermented with the wine from the fresh grapes. The wine spent 15 months in second-use barriques, was blended together for two months, then aged for a further seven months in bottle.

     

    Ruby red in colour, this wine has enticing aromas of cherry with dark chocolate notes. In texture, it is velvety, well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. This wine has the potential to age for at least 10 years.

    £21.96

  • Rosso di Montalcino 2016, Poggio San Polo, Montalcino, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Rosso di Montalcino 2016, Poggio San Polo, Montalcino, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR19

    This property was purchased by Valpolicella producer Marilisa Allegrini in 2006.  Marilisa has continued to invest heavily in the estate and has brought in winemaker Nicola Biasi to build on Poggio San Polo’s already considerable reputation and impressive levels of quality.

     

    Situated in the eastern part of Montalcino, this estate covers 22 hectares of which 16 are under vine, and produces wines that are classic in style but with a bit more weight than would be found to the north of the zone.

     

    The grapes for this Rosso came from three hectares of vineyards planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450m above sea level, facing south-southeast on chalky clay soils.

     

    The grapes were hand picked and after gentle pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with maceration on the skins lasting around 14-16 days at 28-30°C. The wine was then aged for 12 months in medium-toasted, second-use French oak barriques (Allier) followed by a month of bottle ageing.

     

    Bright and glossy ruby red in colour. On the nose, aromas of fresh berries, morello cherry and blackberries are complemented by a hint of vanilla spice. A fragrant, intense wine with smooth, finely-balanced tannins and a persistent, aromatic finish.

    £22.14

  • Barbera d’Alba 2016, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14% vol, 75cl

    Barbera d’Alba 2016, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR31

    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.

     

     

    The grapes were grown in six different vineyards from three different areas. Four vineyards are in Barolo, on chalky soils, facing either south-east or south-west, with vines planted between 1968 and 2004. Here the chalky soil results in delicately aromatic wines, with high acidity and red berry characters. The other two vineyards, planted in Novello and Sinio, give wines with ripe, black fruit characters, balsam and minerality, with firmer tannins.

     

     

    The Barbera was harvested in the second half of September. Fermentation lasted 15-20 days in vertical vats, with gentle punch-down and pump-overs, at a temperature below 31°C. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation followed. The wine was then aged for 12-16 months mostly in stainless-steel tanks and no more than 10% oak barrels.

     

     

    A deep violet / red colour that hints of the sweet dark fruits to follow. Powerful and rich on the nose, concentrated fruit with notes of hay, tobacco and spices. On the palate, black fruits are layered with mineral graphite notes.

    £23.34

  • Chianti Classico 2015, Fontodi, Panzano, 14% vol, 75cl

    Chianti Classico 2015, Fontodi, Panzano, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR12

    The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1969 but have been in Chianti for centuries. Though they have always made wine, their primary business is still the production of Chianti’s finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards are immaculately tended.

     

    Their 80 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime “conca d’oro” (golden shell) of Panzano, and over the past six years these have been converted to organic viticulture. Giovanni is now following biodynamic principles to obtain the best quality fruit.

     

    100% Sangiovese – the quality of the Sangiovese grapes from the Fontodi vineyards obviates the need for Merlot or other varieties as a remedial blender.

     

    Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for two weeks, during which time the cap was punched down twice a day. The wine was then racked into 225 litre French oak barriques (Troncais and Allier) where it remained for 12 months before bottling. The wine was matured in bottle for six months before release.

    Deep ruby red in colour, with perfumes of sour cherry and plums with notes of leather and tobacco. Great depth of flavour, with juicy fruit and supple tannins, giving the wine a silky-smooth texture. This wine has a great structure and a fine mineral note on the finish.

    £24.06

  • Dolcetto d’Alba “Coste e Fossati” 2016, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Dolcetto d’Alba “Coste e Fossati” 2016, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR37

    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.

     

    This Dolcetto is named after the two vineyards where the grapes come from, Coste di Vergne and Fossati, both in the Commune of Barolo with high altitudes ranging from 420 to 480 metres.

     

    Grapes were harvested by hand and transported in small crates to keep the grapes intact. The careful selection of grape clusters started in the vineyard and was carried out with the same attention all the way to the cellar. A soft fermentation of approximately 20 days and 8-12 months in the cellar preceded bottling.

     

    A brilliant deep violet in the glass, this wine has aromas of black cherries & flowers, with notes of liquorice and menthol. The tannins are soft for a Dolcetto, but easily able to age with time. ‘Coste e Fossati’ is elegant, balanced and complex.

    £25.44

  • Langhe Nebbiolo 2017, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14% vol, 75cl

    Langhe Nebbiolo 2017, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14% 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.

    £25.62

  • Chianti Classico 2015, Isole e Olena, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Chianti Classico 2015, Isole e Olena, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR30

    Isole e Olena’s vineyards, like those of Giovanni Manetti at Fontodi, are superbly tended. This, more than anything, yields wines of the quality that have kept these two estates ahead of the chasing pack for the past two decades. The name ‘Isole e Olena’ came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, ‘Isole’ and ‘Olena’, were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one.  The estate has been run by Paolo De Marchi since 1976.

     

    The estate covers 290 hectares, of which 49 are planted with vines and 45 with olives.  The vineyards are approximately 400 metres above sea level and face south-west.

     

    80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo & 5% Syrah/Shiraz

     

    Fermentation took place in tank with 15 days maceration, delestage and pumping-over twice a day. Delestage (or ‘rack and return‘) is a method of extraction during fermentation which gives wines of good colour and soft tannins. The maceration tank is emptied of fermenting must, the cap allowed to dry out for two to three hours and then the must is poured back over the cap. De Marchi first experimented with this method in 1996 and subsequently began using it for all red wines from the 1997 vintage. Maturation lasted one year and took place in barrel (of which 5% in new oak) and 4,000 litre oak casks.

    A deep crimson red colour. Typical sour cherry and red fruit character with bramble notes. The palate has a supple, lithe character full of perfumed fruit and is given depth by a mineral vein. Structure comes from the taut acidity and tannin structure.

     

    £26.28

  • Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011, “Vigneto Bucerchiale”, Fattoria Selvapiana, 15% vol, 75cl

    Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011, “Vigneto Bucerchiale”, Fattoria Selvapiana, 15% vol, 75cl

    IR06

    The Selvapiana estate covers 245 hectares of which 54 hectares is vineyard and the rest is olive groves and woods. Although Rufina is the smallest of the Chianti zones, it is also one of the most special, with a cool breeze blowing down the Sieve Valley which gives the best wines a finesse that few in Chianti Classico can match.

     

    The grapes for this wine (100% Sangiovese) were grown in the 12.5 hectare Bucerchiale vineyard. The oldest part of the vineyard was planted in 1968, and the youngest in 1995. The vineyard faces south/southeast and is situated at 150-200 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly clay and limestone.  The vineyard is cultivated organically.

     

    Fermentation took place partly in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and partly in cement tanks, at 30°C and lasted 20-25 days. Pumping over took place daily to extract colour and tannin. After maceration, the grape skins were removed, and malolactic fermentation took place. In January following the harvest, the wine was transferred to medium-sized oak casks and French oak barriques (of which 10% was new) and was matured for 15 months before bottling.

    Tremendous depth of colour with great intensity on the nose and a powerful, fruit packed palate. Ripe raspberry and spicy cherry fruit, with a touch of herbs and violets on the palate, robust tannins and the long, fine finish which is the hallmark of the Selvapiana wines.

    £26.82

  • Lugana 2016 “Brolettino”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Lugana 2016 “Brolettino”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IW21

    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.

     

    All grapes are grown in Ca’ dei Frati’s own vineyards, which are located on the south banks of Lake Garda, near the town of Sirmione. The vines from which “Brolettino” is made (100% Turbiana) were planted in 1971, with clay soils.

     

    Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before being transferred to small 225 litre barriques for 10 months.  Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place in a selected number of barrels. The wine was then aged in bottle for three months before release.

    Pale golden in colour, this wine opens with aromas of stone fruits and a touch of vanilla spice from the oak ageing. The palate has rich peach characters, with a creamy, honeyed texture lifted by stony minerality. Intense and concentrated through to the fresh finish.

     

     

     

     

    £27.78