Verdeca ‘Talò’ 2019, San Marzano, Puglia
In 1962, 19 vine growers from San Marzano whose families had farmed the land for generations, combined their efforts to establish ‘Cantine San Marzano’. Through the decades this cooperative has grown significantly, attracting over 1,200 vine growers.
Using modern and technologically advanced vinification techniques they produce elegant wines that pay homage to the ancient Apulian wine traditions. The fusion of time honoured tradition, passion and contemporary techniques, enables this winery to produce wines with distinctive varietal and regional characteristics while reflecting the local terroir.
In the Sommelier Wine Awards, San Marzano was awarded European Producer of the Year 2017.
Verdeca is a rare white wine grape variety from southern Italy, now found almost exclusively in the Taranto and Bari provinces of central Puglia.
There is evidence suggesting that Verdeca, like many Italian grape varieties, may have originated further east in the Mediterranean, in either Croatia or Greece.
This is a bone-dry Verdeca which shows a richness of aromatics, white flowers, crisp green apple and a hint of honey. Full flavoured, with a creamy texture and a long and intense finish.
A fantastic match for shellfish and poached salmon.
Pecorino 2018, Tocco Colline Pescaresi, Abruzzo
Tocco Colline Pescaresi is an organic family farm in Alanno, in the Pescara hills in Abruzzo.
On Italy’s Eastern flank, almost directly East of Rome. Patriarch Enisio is joined by his sons Lorenzo and Danilo, as well as his nephew Sebastiano. This is a grape variety that was on the brink of extinction. It has since become a popular grape for the commercial market.
The Toccos however are far more diligent, managing yields carefully to obtain grapes of great quality.
This organic Pecorino is bright in colour, intense lemon zest and heaps of minerality. Fresh and very drinkable, also a great food wine.
A beautiful match for Italian herby seafood dishes. Or just drink it!
Baglio Antico Catarratto Orange 2019, Ciello, Sicily
The dynamic Vesco family took over the winery 10 years ago and have since revolutionised the viticultural practices and invested heavily in cutting edge technology for the winery and bottling line. Their hundred hectares of organic vineyards are located high up in the hills above Alcamo. The wines are all certified organic and planted on south-east facing slopes on sandy soils 150 – 300m above sea level. The climate is clearly suited for producing the best quality grapes.
Baglio Antico Catarratto Ciello, Natural Wine, Orange Wine, 100% Catarratto, great value entry point for the Orange wine style. If you are not familiar with orange wines, then this is a great place to start without breaking the budget. This wonderful Sicilian wine offers all of the characteristics of natural, orange wine at a fraction of the usual price for wines of this type.
Made by the excellent people at Ciello in Alcamo, Sicily, the Catarratto grapes spend a few weeks macerating with the skins during the wild yeast fermentation and the wine is bottled with low sulphur and no filtration. Rich, pithy fruit character, savoury herbs, ginger, spices and more abound.
Rich yellow apple in colour, cloves on the nose with a pithy fruit character, savoury herbs, ginger, spices and more abound. A great little glass of orange.
Ideal for curries, pork belly and great with a ‘Pasta con le Sarde’, the classic Sicilian peasant dish from the region
Malvasia Nera ‘Talo’ 2017, San Marzano, Puglia, Italy
In 1962, 19 vine growers from San Marzano whose families had farmed the land for generations, combined their efforts to establish ‘Cantine San Marzano’.
Through the decades this cooperative has grown significantly, attracting over 1,200 vine growers. Using modern and technologically advanced vinification techniques they produce elegant wines that pay homage to the ancient Apulian wine traditions. The fusion of time honoured tradition, passion and contemporary techniques, enables this winery to produce wines with distinctive varietal and regional characteristics while reflecting the local terroir. In the Sommelier Wine Awards, San Marzano was awarded European Producer of the Year 2017.
An intense and complex bouquet of ripe red fruits combined with hints of spice. A full-bodied wine with delicious flavours of Morello cherry, thyme and vanilla notes through to a smooth finish. Huge bang for buck!
Grapes: Malvasia Nera
Pair with meaty in tomato sauce, most classically wild boar. For the summer a great match with any char grilled meat dishes – or char grilled Mediterranean vegetables such as aubergine, peppers, courgette.
Monte Bernardi Sangiò Chianti Classico DOGC 2019, Tuscany, Italy
Even though the estate Monte Bernardi dates back to 1085 in the region of Panzano in Tuscany, Michael Schmelzer and family purchased the estate in 2003 and have been making beautiful Sangiovese-based wines and olive oil ever since.
The property’s vineyards are situated in the hilly, southern-most region of Panzano, an area that has been acknowledged as one of the “Grand Crus” of Chianti Classico. Most of the vineyards are more than 40 years old, with the vines of the Sangiò harking back to 1970.
Before 1992, the grapes were sold to neighbouring farms. The Schmelzer family, originally from Michigan, purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003. As winemaker, Michael has invested time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and villa. The property was certified biodynamic in 2004.
The vineyards are perfectly situated at an altitude of 350 metres above sea level, surrounded by forests and enjoying a southern exposure, with the river Pesa flowing just a few hundred metres to the south. The estate has been certified organic and bio-dynamic since 2004. Grass and cover crops are grown in alternate rows: composted cow manure and biodynamic preparations are used. Harvesting is by hand, usually from late September until mid-October. Annual production is between 55,000 and 65,000 bottles. None of the wines is filtered.
Sangiò comes from a vineyard above the village of Panzano in Chianti, and the vines hark back to 1970. The vineyard is in conversion from practicing organic to being certified. Once this certification takes place, the fruit used for Sangiò will go into Monte Bernardi’s other wines like the Retromarcia. The wine is natural and vegan.
This wonderful 2019 Chianti Classico DOGC has notes lovely floral notes, and a palate of crisp red fruits and sour cherries.
Serve with dishes in tomato sauces such as ragu, charcuterie & cheese boards.
Barbera d’Asti, Casareggio, Agostino Pavia 2018, Piedmont, Italy
Agostino Pavia wants to show the greatness of Barbera d’Asti.
They began their journey in the 1980’s by selecting the best positions for the vineyards to grow Barbera, and by doing so they’ve have been able to produce wines that reflect the terroir. Through a selection and ageing processes they produce four different kinds of Barbera d’Asti, which are different aspects of a single, prestigious and world-famous designation.
The Casareggio Barbera D’Asti 2018 is a wine of intense ruby red colour and the nose is full-scented, fruity with enticing notes of red berries. On the palate the wine is dry, with sour cherry, lavender and leather flavours of ‘smokey’ cassis, strawberry, mocha and vanilla. Great balance of fruit & acidity.
Pair with lighter meat dishes, charcuterie, cold cuts, or just drink it!