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  • Prosecco Colli Trevigiani Sacchetto

    Recommended in the Daily Telegraph: “highly drinkable, a great pick-me-up.”
    Perfect party wine! Selected here to be a very different alternative to Champagne in every way; it is semi-sparkling so does not attract the higher Sparkling Duty rate. Prosecco grape is very much a light, fruity, versatile wine. Perfect also as a pre-dinner aperitif. Paolo Sacchetto’s Estate in the north east of Italy produces a range of wines, but this Prosecco is the one which stood out for me. Dry and fruity.

    grape typeOther Single Varietal White
    wine styleSparkling
    countryItaly
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv11%-12.5%

    £9.99

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  • Anarkos Rosso di Puglia

    SORRY OUT OF STOCK -AWAITING A DELIVERY FROM ITALY….FINGERS CROSSED!

    Probably our best-selling red. A clear candidate for our 12 wines of Christmas Offer.

    Previous vintages recommended; Recommended in The Daily Telegraph: “another one of Mark Hughes’ brilliant finds. Absolutely delicious blend of Primitivo, Negro Amaro and Malvasia. Lush and plush like velvet, also juicy, scented, intense, rich brimming with the smell of violets, deep purple plums and bitter cherries. Such a joy!
    Recommended by Oz Clarke as one of his 250 best wines of 2012: “an excellent example of how southern Italian reds are starting to express their own fabulous originality. It’s bulging with youth and it’s soft, yet tempered by a nice edgy bitterness.”

    The label is attention-seeking, as is the bright red plastic cork (not my favourite closure, I must admit, but the wine insisted I buy it! The wine has attitude and is a provocative one, railing against the plight of the region (see their website). The region reminds me of the Languedoc in France – loads of rubbish wines but increasing numbers of fanatics making really top wines as they should be made. This was one of my favourite winery visits recently. The wine is made from a blend of the local varieties Primitivo, Negro Amaro and Malvasia Nera and should be consumed in conspiratorial bars in the south of Italy with huge helpings of pasta.

    Drink now to end 2020.

    grape typeOther Single Varietal Red
    wine styleRich & Fruity Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    £11.00

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  • Felline Primitivo di Manduria

    Based on the huge popularity of “Fellone” I thought we should have a closer look at the Primitivo grape. Here’s one of four more, each with a distinct “terroir”. What’s the Italian for “terroir”, I wonder? This one is distinctive due to the red soil of the vineyards. Aged for six months in French oak.

    grape typePrimitivo
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £14.50

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  • Prosecco Valdobbaidene DOCG Col de L’Utia Single Vineyard 2016 Vintage

    Top of the range Prosecco from Paolo Sacchetto’s (even higher quality) DOCG Valdobbiadene, and single vineyard Col de L’Utia.

    grape typeOther Single Varietal White
    wine styleSparkling
    countryItaly
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv11%-12.5%

    £15.00

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  • Brunelli Ripasso “Pa’Riondo”

    This is a serious contender for the Hughes Family Turkey Dinner Red.

    Rich, complex but very silky textures make this a delight. The Ripasso technique consists in refermenting a Valpolicella on the sugars and yeast-rich grape skins of the area’s top wine, Amarone.

    This results in the wine becoming full-bodied, with a great concentration of colour and perfume.Corvina Veronese 65%, Rondinella 25%, Corvinone 10%.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.00

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  • Giravolta Primitivo di Manduria

    Based on the huge popularity of “Fellone” I thought we should have a closer look at the Primitivo grape. Here’s one of four more, each with a distinct “terroir”. What’s the Italian for “terroir”, I wonder? This one  is distinctive due to the calcareous white soil of the vineyards. Aged for nine months in French oak.

    grape typePrimitivo
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £16.50

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  • “Zinfandel” Primitivo di Manduria from Felline

    With the huge success of Fellone, I decided that Primitivo needed a closer inspection, so here’s one of four new ones, all from Felline down in the south of Italy.This one is a slight variation, being styled “Zinfandel Californiano”. That’s what they call it over there but is a strain of Primitivo all the same. Terroir is Mandurian black soil and the 15% wine was aged for six months in French and American oak.

    grape typePrimitivo
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £16.50

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  • I Ciacca “Nostalgia” Maturano White from Lazio

    I Ciacca “Nostalgia” Maturano

    Once in a while a wine insists you must buy it, here’s one. Rich, fat, mouth-filling, complex, creamy and the most beautiful colour you’ll ever see on a white wine. A truly top class Italian white.

    Ever heard of the “Maturano” grape variety? Nor I.

    The Di Ciacca family, a third-generation Scots-Italian clan, has been working to bring this indigenous, organically-grown grape variety back to life on the family’s estate in Picinisco, in Lazio.

    Italian consultant Alberto Antonini (named as one of the world’s top 5 winemakers by his peers) is guiding Di Ciacca’s Maturano mission.

    grape typeOther Single Varietal White
    wine styleRich Whites
    countryItaly
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £25.00

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  • Brunelli Amarone Classico

    Luigi Brunelli’s Amarone Classico is a perfect example of this wine as defined by Cassiodorus: “drinkable purple of incredible smoothness”. Multiple Gold-medal winner, and for me, the best Amarone I tasted out of over 100 at the Vinitaly Trade Wine Fair in Verona.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £29.50

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  • Brunelli Amarone Classico Riserva “Campo del Titari”

    Majestic and exuberant, this superb Amarone Riserva is simply outstanding; a combination of grace and aggressive power. Campo del Titari is a nectar made only in the very best vintages and in limited quantities (3000 bottles), it is a wine for the bold: those who are capable of recognizing the strong emotions that inspired it. Oh, and by the way, a natural 17% alc, so not for the faint-hearted.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2013
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £65.00

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