A Great Italian Collection featuring some of our absolute favourites. La Dolce Vitae!
1 x COLLEMASSARI BOLGHERI ROSSO, 2019
The Grattamacco estate was founded in 1977. It is located in the coastal Tuscan region of Maremma. The average age of the vineyard is 25 years. ColleMassari was voted winery of the year in 2014 by Gambero Rosso, Italy’s world-famous food and wine guide book.
The nose is a combo of dark fruits and chocolate with notes of plum and black currants, elegant and full with a fresh balsamic finish given by the Sangiovese. A dense and powerful wine with ripe tannins, juicy and rich with a striking structure.
1 x SAN GIORGIO UGOLFORTE, BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG, 2015
Tenuta Giorgio was founded in 1982 by Guido Folonari and is located in the south-eastern part of Montalcino. The vines cover 24 hectares with a further 26 hectares of olive groves. New owners, ColleMassari, have invested heavily in the vineyard and winery, and it shows in their wines.
"The San Giorgio 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolforte is a robust and generous wine, with contemporary touches of smoke and spice that add to its aromatic intensity and complexity. There is plenty of ripe, dark and concentrated fruit here, and that's ultimately what powers this hearty Brunello. The tannins show good integration too." Robert Parker, Oct 2020. Only 20.000 bottles produced.
1 x CARUSO & MININI TERRE DI GIUMARA FRAPPATO - NERELLO MASCALESE 2020
Caruso & Minini is a joint venture between 2 families who due to their backgrounds, marry the traditional with the modern effortlessly to produce deliciously distinctive results. This is epitomised in this Terre di Giumara, a modern blend of 2 of Sicily’s historic grapes. Nerello Mascalese has been called Sicily's answer to Pinot Noir. Combined with the red fruit profile and spiciness of Frappato in the hands of these experts, you have a wine that punches well above its weight.
Both grapes are known for their bright red and crunchy fruit flavours and that’s certainly what you get here. Raspberry, sweet strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry and baked cherries lead the attack in a lean, light-bodied style with high acidity. Earthy with some vanilla, blueberry and black plum notes all cloaked in exotic spices of cardamon and clove.
1 x FRANCESCO RINALDI & FIGLI ROUSSOT DOLCETTO D'ALBA, 2020
The historic Piedmont Francesco Rinaldi & Figli estate dates back over 150 years to 1870 and sprightly nonagenarian Luciana Rinaldi has been at the helm since 1941, aided today by his nieces Paola and Piera. Not surprisingly they are staunch traditionalists in the Barolo and Barbaresco style debate. They allow their Nebbiolo grapes a long maceration before ageing in large Slovenian oak botti, eschewing the trendy use of small French oak barriques.
Dolcetto is regarded as an easy drinking, bottled early unoaked red with succulent juicy plum and berry fruit that some think of as Italy’s answer to Beaujolais, but the Roussot vineyard’s excellent terroir gives it an extra dimension with floral rose like notes and a graphite like mineral quality.
"Dolcetto is the "sweet little one" and a grape that makes easy-drinking reds. Swett natured, but tastes dry." Tom Doorley, Irish Daily Mail, 18th July 2021
1 x ZENATO RIPASSA VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE, 2017
Ripassa is made by passing the Valpolicella wine over the pressed, withered grapes of the Amarone for 7-8 days. This causes a second fermentation to begin, which gives a higher alcohol content and a richer wine style. Sergio Zenato was the first in the 90’s to re-discover this ancient method of wine-making, which was awarded DOC status in 2010.
This is a full-bodied, rich wine best served with food. It shows the characteristic deep blackberry flavours. It is very well balanced with ripe tannins and cherry and spice on the nose.
1 x DORIGO VIGNAIOLI IN FRIULI CABERNET FRANC, 2019
This variety was "adopted" by Friulian winemakers many years ago. On our soils it found an exceptional terroir, which allows this wine to smooth over the most vegetal notes and gives it a fresh and engaging spiciness. This variety was "adopted" by Friulian winemakers many years ago. On our soils it found an exceptional terroir, which allows this wine to smooth over the most vegetal notes and gives it a fresh and engaging spiciness.
Warm, spicy and balsamic, fresh liquorice radish layered over subtle grassy notes, soft and mouth filling, with notes of red fruit over liquorice, leather and medicinal herbs. Warm and lingering on the palate.