Italy has a long, rich history of diverse winemaking. From the lofty heights of Alto-Adige, down to the sundrenched heel of Puglia, each region has its own unique growing conditions, grape varieties and local traditions. There is so much to be explored, and it might seem hard to pick where to start. That's where this case comes in. Here you will find 6 bottles of Italian wine that take you on a journey of discovery. So sit back and relax, and take an Italian tour in your wine glass.
The Case Includes:
1 x 2019 Adalia, Soave, Veneto
This is not your typical Soave. Crisp and mineral with lovely linear acidity, this wine really opens in the glass, developing hints of creamy peach, river stone, and underlying nutty almond tones. Its brightness and mineral drive naturally reflects its terroir, with fruit grown high on a hill of calcareous, chalky soils in the Val di Mezzane. Striking a perfect balance between ripe fruit and elements savoury complexity, it is wonderful with or without food and very easy wine to drink in either case.
1 x 2020 Ciu Ciu, 'Falerio Oris' Bianco, Marche
A firm favourite of ours, that always delivers on value and flavour from vintage to vintage. This organically grown blend of Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino ticks all our boxes. Bone dry, carefully made and brimming with amazing notes of crisp apple, lychee, pear and a faint whiff of honey on the finish. Delicious.
1 x 2018 Ezio Poggio, 'Archetipo' Timorasso, Piedmont
This is Timorasso in all its glory; aromatic, with zingy citrus and spice, light florals, and crunchy green apple. Still very well structured, and definitely capable of ageing and developing more in the bottle. Timorasso is a variety that feels like finding buried treasure. Indigenous to Piedmont, it produces some spellbinding white wines, and yet very few (outside of Piedmontese enthusiasts) may have heard of it. In fact, at one point it was at risk of dying out completely. Thankfully this was not the case!
1 x 2017 Eduardo Torres Acosta, 'Versante Nord' Rosso, Sicily
Volcanoes evoke raw, destructive power and hostile environments that hardly seem like an obvious choice for a vineyard. The soils have a high mineral content, and although experts are divided on the link between terroir and wine flavour, there are some common attributes that volcanic wines share, such as distinct mineral quality, bright acidity, saline character and aromatic flavours. The grapes for Versante Nord, from two parcels on the cooler, north-facing side of Mount Etna, show typical Nerello Mascalese characters, spices and red cherries dominate with a mineral smoky undertone. It's vibrant and refreshingly different.
1 x 2016 Candialle, 'MN' Vino Rosso, Tuscany
Produced in tiny quantities, this 'Vino Rosso' is designed to highlight a different variety in each vintage. In 2016 this was focused on Malvasia Nera, a variety that often flies under the radar yet is capable of producing aromatic, fragrant reds. Fresh and supple, with featherlight alcohol (just 10.5%), and notes of bright red cherry, fresh-cut flowers and dried, Provence herbs.
1 x 2019 Vigneti Tardis 'Martedì' Rosso, Campania
Vigneti Tardis is the Italian wine project of London based Sommelier Jack Lewens. Based in Campania, he harnesses indigenous, southern Italian varietals from organic vineyards, producing wines as naturally as possible. The 'Martedi' Rosso is 100% Aglianico, a variety most often associated with bold, buxom reds. Here Jack puts his own twist on this classic grape, producing a vibrant, crunchy red with notes of wild strawberry, dark cherry and dried herbs. Light and fruity, it is perfect served slightly chilled on a warm evening.
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