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  • Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2016, “Lugarara”, La Giustiniana, 13% vol, 37.5cl

    Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2016, “Lugarara”, La Giustiniana, 13% vol, 37.5cl

    IW17

    The entire estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, of which 40 are under vine. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through.

     

    Lugarara is a single vineyard at around 300 metres above sea level. Soils are grey marl with loose, sandy topsoil.

     

    The grapes (100% Cortese) were handpicked in the last week of September. Upon arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed, then cool fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Unoaked, the wine was bottled in the spring following the harvest.

     

    Straw-yellow with a greenish hue. The wine‘s pronounced aromas of stone fruit and lime peel are followed by a subtle yet persistent bouquet of green apples. The palate is well balanced with a fresh acidity and good structure. Pleasant almond notes linger on the finish.

     

    Half Bottle

    £9.66

  • Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2017/18, “Lugarara”, La Giustiniana, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2017/18, “Lugarara”, La Giustiniana, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IW06

    The entire estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, of which 40 are under vine. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through.

     

    Lugarara is a single vineyard at around 300 metres above sea level. Soils are grey marl with loose, sandy topsoil.

     

    The grapes (100% Cortese) were handpicked in the last week of September. Upon arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed, then cool fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Unoaked, the wine was bottled in the spring following the harvest.

     

    Straw-yellow with a greenish hue. The wine‘s pronounced aromas of stone fruit and lime peel are followed by a subtle yet persistent bouquet of green apples. The palate is well balanced with a fresh acidity and good structure. Pleasant almond notes linger on the finish.

    £17.70

  • 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.

    £25.74

  • Dolcetto d’Alba “Coste e Fossati” 2018, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Dolcetto d’Alba “Coste e Fossati” 2018, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 14.5% 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.

    £26.64

  • “Uvaggio” 2013/14, Proprietà Sperino, Vigneti De Marchi, Piedmont, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Uvaggio” 2013/14, Proprietà Sperino, Vigneti De Marchi, Piedmont, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR48

    This splendid 10 hectare hillside estate is situated in the small town of Lessona, near Biella in northern Piemonte.

    It passed into the De Marchi family through their relative, Felice Sperino, a passionate viticulturist and professor in Turin in the 19th century. Paolo De Marchi is the winemaker and owner of top Chianti Classico estate Isole e Olena, and he inherited Proprietà Sperino from his grandfather. Since the 1970’s, Paolo dreamt of revitalising the Sperino estate and in the last few years has realised his dream, together with his elder son, Luca.

     

    70% Nebbiolo, 15% Vespolina and 15% Croatina.

     

    The wines were vinified in the old, gravity-fed cellar which dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. Fermentation took place in squat, open upright oak casks. Maceration lasted 19 days with regular punching down of the cap. The wine was aged in a mixture of new and old barriques (225 litre), puncheons (500 litres) and 15 hectolitre casks for 18 months, nine of which were on the lees.

    Vibrant ruby red, this youthful wine has perfumes full of rich cherry and plum fruit. The lifted palate is packed with attractive juicy fruit and is given great texture by the supple, approachable tannins. The finish is long and inviting.

    £27.90

  • Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2015, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14% vol, 75cl

    Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2015, G.D. Vajra, Barolo, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR34

    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 for this wine come from two exceptional vineyards – Bricco delle Viole in the commune of Barolo and Bric Bertone in the commune of Sinio. Bricco delle Viole vineyard is south and southeast facing, planted between 1971 and 1999 at an altitude of 380-470 metres above sea level. Bric Bertone is at 340-390 metres above sea level with a southern exposure. The soil is rich in calcareous marl, with rocky outcrops, giving elegant, fragrant and particularly long-lived wines.

    Fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks for 20 days. Temperatures were not controlled, but did not exceed 32ºC with regular traditional punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed in Slavonian oak barrels. The wine remained in oak for a total of 20-24 months before bottling.

    Ruby red in colour with violet hues. A beautiful array of aromas on the nose with red fruits, hay, flowers and liquorice together with refreshing mineral notes. This Barbera Superiore has a richness that starts on the nose and persists through to the finish. There is a lovely balance between supple tannins and youthful acidity.

    £40.68

  • Barolo “Gallinotto” 2015, Mauro Molino, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Barolo “Gallinotto” 2015, Mauro Molino, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    IR03

    Mauro Molino’s estate amounts to 12 hectares, half of which is planted with Nebbiolo for the production of top quality Barolo. The balance is divided between  Barbera, Dolcetto and a smaller quantity,of Roero Arneis.

     

    100% Nebbiolo from vines aged between 25 and 40 years grown on a south, southwest exposure.

     

    The harvest took place mid-October followed by maceration on the skins for 9 days in steel tanks at controlled temperature. The alcoholic fermentation was also in steel tanks for 20 days with the malolactic fermentation and ageing being in French oak barriques for 24 months.

     

    Garnet red in colour, the nose is rich and intense with the bouquet of ripe fruits. The palate is smooth with velvety tannins and long finish.

    £41.58

  • Barolo 2015 “Albe”, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Barolo 2015 “Albe”, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR11

    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 for this wine (100% Nebbiolo) are grown in three different vineyards: Fossati, which faces south-east and was planted between 1969-2004, Coste di Vergne, which faces south-west, planted in 1995, and the 180º east-west vineyard of La Volta, planted between 1998-2000. The vineyards are located at 380-480 metres above sea level and are all in the township of Barolo. Sustainable viticulture is used in all the vineyards and there is no irrigation. A green harvest usually takes place according to vigour and the climate during the growing season.

     

    The grapes were hand picked and hand sorted in the second and third week of October. Fermentation, with indigenous yeasts, took place in custom-designed vertical vats. Maceration lasted 25 days at temperatures not exceeding 32ºC with gentle punch downs. Malolactic took place in stainless steel vats the following spring. The wine was then moved to large Slavonian oak casks (40, 50 and 75hL) to age for 26 to 32 months with racking once a year. The wine was blended in spring prior to bottling.

     

    A beautifully balanced barolo, ‘Le Albe’ has elegant, rose petal perfumes, dark berry fruit and a perfectly judged equilibrium of tannin and acidity. The incredibly long finish is an indicator of the exceptional quality produced by Aldo Vaira.

    £45.60

  • Barolo 2015 “Bricco delle Viole”, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Barolo 2015 “Bricco delle Viole”, D.G. Vajra, Barolo, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR06

    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 ‘Bricco delle Viole’ (vineyards of the violet) vineyard is located at altitudes of 380-470 metres above sea level in the commune of Barolo and covers 4.79 hectares. One part of the vineyard is planted with vines (Nebbiolo) which are now over 60 years old and yield less than 30 hectolitres per hectare. Its high altitude and long ripening season gives the wine an aromatic complexity and richness often lacking lacking in lower vineyards.

     

    Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures up to 31°C and lasted between 30-40 days, with regular pumping over. The wine was then matured for 42-48 months in Slavonian oak barrels.

     

    Brilliant ruby red, this Barolo has aromas of cherries, dark berries, violets and dried roses with nuances of citrus fruits and mint. On the palate, there are silky tannins. The wine is well balanced with a long delicately spiced finish.

     

    £82.32