Italy is to some degree shrouded in mystery, with many relatively unknown indigenous grape varieties producing wines which often remain under the radar. There are of course many recognizable and great wines, such as Barolo, Amarone, Chianti and Brunello. We are pleased to bring you a diverse and growing range and an increasing number direct from the domaines.
Made using grapes grown in the Pavia region of Italy, harvested in early September this Rose is fresh and fruity. The perfect drink for a summers day aperitif, and equally so when paired with salads or cold meats.
Tucked away in the far south of Italy, in Campania, Vesevo produces a range of wines which tend to be fermented at cooler temperatures similar to those found in New Zealand - the wine makers believe that this enhances the flavours giving a purer taste to the wines. The Anglianico from Vesevo is complex and intense on the palate with notes of red fruits - cranberries, cherries and raspberries, this is followed by a touch of spice and a slight hint of vanilla on the lengthy finish.
This is a crisp and refreshing white wine with aromas of ripe apples, apricots and citrus, with floral notes. Perfect chilled down for warm summer evenings alongside a BBQ!
Dolcetto d’Alba is aged in the bottle for 2 months before it is released for sale, the grapes are harvested by hand in order to treat them with the highest level of respect. This is young and fragrant red with notes of violets and cherry red fruits on the nose, the palate offers a great deal with strawberry and a touch of bitterness on the finish. This will match perfectly with a range of cold cuts and cheeses.
Made using grapes between 20 and 60 years old grown in the Puglia region of Italy, this wine is rich and full of character. A great match for red meats, pasta dishes or hearty stews.
Suitable for our vegetarian and vegan customers.
The I Frati from Ca Dei Frati is known as the image of the company and is the first wine they created, it continues to be one of the most popular. This is a wine that can be enjoyed young, for a fresh palate with flavours of apricot and almonds. With a little age it evolves, the flavours become more intense and complex with a hint of spice.
From the Pavia region of northwest Italy, the grapes are hand harvested - Pinot Grigio's pink tinge is further enhanced by the addition of a small proportion of Pinot Noir grapes from the same vineyards.
The pale coral pink wine yields strawberry and bramble aromas leading onto a delicate, yet juicy palate with red berry characters. Slight creaminess leads to a crisp dry finish.
Serve chilled as an aperitif or to accompany salads, cold meats such as salami or smoked chicken or seafood dishes.
Produced from low yielding 30 to 50 year old Montepulciano vines in Abruzzo, matured in a combination of large Slavonian oak casks and French oak barriques for 6-8 months. The result is an intense wine with cherry, ripe plum fruit aromas and warm, earthy spice. The palate is densely packed with morello cherry, cassis and bramble fruit flavours. Tannins are ripe, giving structure to a substantial wine with a fresh sappy finish.
Food match: Hearty pasta dishes with Bolognese sauce.
For most, Italian Pinot Grigio is the definitive dry white wine; simple citrus flavours and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Franz Haas elaborates on this style, delivering a bouquet of floral and herbal aromas, with some fantastic nutty character. Now this has had a bit of bottle age, we can expect some dried flower and honey aromas. Serve cool on its own, or with simple vegetable and fish dishes.
2017 Roero Arneis DOCG Azienda Musso
Classic local Arneis grape from Piedmont has a yellow pale colour with a green rim.
Very pleasing aroma, which reveals intense floral notes (acacia, chamomile) and fruity (green apple) and citrus (fresh lime juice). The taste is dry, good structure, elegant and pleasing, with a delicate acidity note which makes it fragrant.
Food and wine matching
Asparagus sauce béarnaise.
Fresh vegetable salade
Marinated fish and seaweed.
Young fresh goat cheese
Created by Filippo Baccalaro, a wine maker with almost 20 years of experience, this is a bright a fruity red wine with a remarkable freshness. Notes of red cherry and a hint of cloves on the full bodied palate, a definite complexity here.