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.
Deep ruby red in colour, with hints of purple, this is a delicious Chianti from Brunelli. Ideal for pairing with a range of dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, or along side a nice, strong cheese. This is medium-bodied and silky on the palate, packed with dark fruits and a little tannin on the finish.
Spanning approximately 60 hectares, the vines at Rovereto are an average of 25 years old. The harvest is done by hand and the wine is aged for around 5 months in steel tanks, and further refined once it hits the bottle. This is an intense yet delicate wine with fresh fruit flavours such as green apple on the palate, the finish is long with a definite elegance.
The colour of this wine is lovely, with an inviting lemony glow. Flavours of apricot and honey are dominant with a zing of lemon and ripe pears on the palate. There is a definite fresh, crispness here with a lengthy finish. This is a great summer wine that will match beautifully with a light chicken salad.
Located in Barbaresco, Azienda Agricola Musso was founded in 1929 when Italy was gripped by the 'great depression' which had a huge impact on many large businesses. It was 23 year old Sebastiano Musso who had the bravery and entrepreneurial spirit to go ahead and open the winery after losing his father. This is a fruity, floral wine with dark fruits and an incredibly smooth palate. Match this with a hearty Italian pasta dish.
The Pinot Grigio grapes that make up this wine are grown on guyot systems. Located in the municipality of Montagna, the vines are from half way up to high hills between 350 - 750 metres. The soil is deep and rich with a high content of clay and limestone, which comes from the surrounding mountain erosion. Fermentation occurs in steel tanks and small oak casks. After this the wi…
Villa Cardini are expert at unlocking regional flavours, this Sangiovese, the indigenous Italian grape famous for its Tuscan wines, from Puligia the emerging Southern Italian region is full of red cherry fruits, great with Italian cuisine and cheeses.
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.