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  • Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 “La Groletta”, Corte Giara, by Allegrini, Verona, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 “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.

    £17.52

  • Lugana 2018 “I Frati”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Lugana 2018 “I Frati”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13.5% 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

  • “Moratèl” Rosso 2016, Azienda Agricola Cesconi, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Moratèl” Rosso 2016, Azienda Agricola Cesconi, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR14

    The four Cesconi brothers have transformed their family estate in the past decade. Whereas the family previously sold all their fruit to the co-op at Lavis, today they are making some of Italy’s most exciting wines.

     

    The brothers now have 21 hectares of vineyard in and around the village of Pressano situated at an altitude of about 300 metres. All their vineyards are now managed organically. All of Cesconi’s white wines, and the Moratel, are now sealed under stelvin – yet another sign of this family’s forward looking vision.

     

    A blend of  40% Merlot, 40% Lagrein, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Teroldego.

     

    Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with two weeks maceration. The wine was then transferred into 225 litre French oak barrels (of which 20-30% was new oak) for 10 months ageing.

     

    Youthful violet notes shine through this ruby coloured wine. The nose offers considerable aromatic complexity, with aromas of wild cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant. The palate is supple and pleasing while presenting a firm tannic backbone typical to clay soils.

     

    £21.54

  • “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

  • Pinot Nero 2015, Franz Haas, Alto Adige, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Nero 2015, Franz Haas, Alto Adige, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR49

    Founded in 1880, the Franz Haas winery is a family-owned property that has passed from father to first-born son, Franz Haas. Today, Franz Haas is the seventh generation to grow grapes on this beautiful estate, nestled at the foothills of the Alps. He continues to focus on the grape varieties which best express the wonderful character, varied microclimates and unique terroir of the Alto Adige.

     

    Grapes for the Pinot Nero are grown on the slopes of Pinzano and Gleno in the Montagna area and in Mazzon in the municipality of Egna. The three different vineyard sites are all south-west facing and range from 350-1,150m in altitude. Soils are extremely varied within a tiny area, ranging from clay in one vineyard to sand, limestone or gravel in a neighbouring one. Density of planting is between 8,000-12,500 vines per hectare.

     

    2015 was one of the hottest and driest vintages in recent years. Little rainfall combined with high temperatures meant yields were lower than previous years. Yet the grapes were clean and healthy resulting in a wine of good fruit purity and quality.

     

    Fermentation took place in open top vats with a long maceration and frequent punching down of the cap and many pump overs. This enabled the right extraction of colour and fragrance from the skins. Ageing took place in a mixture of small oak barriques and medium sized ‘botti’ for over a year prior to bottling, followed by five to ten months in bottle before release.

     

    The wine is ruby red in colour and the bouquet opens with notes of black cherries and raspberries, marzipan and plum jam, cloves and cinnamon, ending finally with some light earthy aromas. Fresh and lively on the palate, the wine is bolstered by elegant tannins which make it balanced and rounded.

     

    £27.90

  • Lugana 2017 “Brolettino”, Cà dei Frati, Sirmione, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Lugana 2017 “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, on 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.

     

     

     

     

    £28.26

  • Soave Classico “La Rocca” 2016, Leonildo Pieropan, Veneto, 13% vol, 75cl

    Soave Classico “La Rocca” 2016, Leonildo Pieropan, Veneto, 13% vol, 75cl

    IW02

    The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him running the estate.

     

    The grapes (100% Garganega) were grown in the vineyard of `La Rocca`, which takes its name from the adjacent medieval castle and fortress (“La Rocca”) that dominate the town of Soave, just east of Verona. The soil in La Rocca is unique in Soave in that it is a limestone outcrop (the same soil as in Valpolicella Classico) in a sea of basalt. Because of this soil, Pieropan feel they get sufficient ripeness in the Garganega to make a wine solely from this variety.

     

    After gentle, whole bunch pressing, there was a short period of maceration on the skins followed by fermentation at 20ºC in stainless steel tanks and 500 litre oak casks because Pieropan feels Garganega is too delicate for fermentation in barrique. 60% of the wine then remained in 500 litre oak casks and 40% aged in 2,000 litre `botti` or barrels for one year. The wine then stayed for four months in bottle before release.

     

    Golden yellow in the glass, with intense, concentrated perfumes that follow through to the palate. Classic La Rocca aromas of almond essence and honey lead to an elegant and beautifully balanced palate, with notes of vanilla and almond kernel, ripe apricots and exotic fruit. The long finish has a light minerally edge. Really quite “Burgundian” in style.

    £30.24

  • “A” Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Alpha Zeta, Verona, 15% vol, 75cl

    “A” Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Alpha Zeta, Verona, 15% vol, 75cl

    IR33

    Selected grapes were picked in mid September and left to dry in specially ventilated rooms until the end of January. During this time the grapes lost about 40% of their natural weight. The grapes were destemmed and crushed at the end of January. Fermentation temperature was between 18°-22°C with daily periodic pumping over, while the length of maceration was 20 days. This Amarone was matured in oak (a mixture of large ‘botti’ and French oak barriques) for 18 months, lightly fined with egg-whites and then bottled.

     

    Deep and intense on the nose with perfumes of dried cherries and blueberries, with notes of spiced autumn fruit compote. On the palate it is powerful but modern, with a lovely balance of ripe tannins and spiced, concentrated savoury cherry fruit character. A touch of woodsmoke completes the long finish.

    £30.48

  • Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 Classico, Corte dei Castaldi, Fabio Poggi, Verona, 16% vol, 75cl

    Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 Classico, Corte dei Castaldi, Fabio Poggi, Verona, 16% vol, 75cl

    IR02

    Dating from 1888, the Poggi family’s wines combines traditional wooden casks with the very latest technology. Corte dei Castaldi is made with grapes from a selection of local growers, all dried in Poggi’s barns for 4 months (appassimento) and estate bottled.

     

    Made from Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara.

     

    Very dark in appearance with a nose full of dark fruits and hints of bitter chocolate. The full and rich palate has concentrated dark fruit flavours with a twist of dark chocolate and spice on the long finish.

     

     

    £32.64