June 2015 Selection

Aglianico and Campania, an ancient tradition

June 2015 Selection

Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2010 (2 bottles)
Montevetrano Core 2013 (2 bottles)
Ocone Aglianico del Taburno Apollo 2010 (2 bottles)

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Thanks to its benevolent climate, even back in Italy's far distant past it was frequently referred to as happy Campania; a happy land which has given rise to the great wines that have starred at magnificent banquets ever since the Roman Empire. Imagining the victories of those emperors in ancient times being celebrated with the forerunners of the wines which we're offering you in our selection this month might seem far-fetched, but it may not be too far from the truth.

The Aglianico is a variety with very ancient origins which has been traditionally considered as the most noble of southern Italy's red grapes. With its main growing areas in Basilicata and Campania, it is found in the wines of some of their DOC and DOCG denominations, not very well-known but of great merit and quality. Thanks to its late ripening, the Aglianico has an optimal sugar content, as well as excellent freshness and tannicity, which makes it ideal for producing elegant reds with body and great evolutionary potential. Due to its rather rustic character, the Aglianico often needs a period of tempering in oak; ageing in barrel for fairly long periods enhances its bouquet with surprising nuances and tones down any harshness.

Campania, and especially the Taurasi and Taburno areas, along with Basilicata, can be considered the Aglianico's native land. This ancient variety is perfectly well-acclimatised here, not only to the region but to each one of the terroirs, giving rise to wines of great distinction.

When we taste a wine made from a grape like the Aglianico, grown in a location that suits it so well, we can sense its contentment with the environment, like a wild animal in its natural habitat. A thought to bear in mind as you enjoy the wines of our selection and savour them in their prime. Take pleasure in their vigour, centuries of history, the merits of their terroir and the hard work of all those who have known how to tame that fiery nature.

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Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2010 (2 bottles)

Red. Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi, Italy Aglianico

Bottle: £14.99 club members / £17.14 non-members

Feudi di San Gregorio is a winery which has demonstrated its excellence over the years and has become an indisputable name in southern Italy's wine culture and gastronomy.

With a production of over three million bottles a year, Feudi di San Gregorio is Irpinia's largest winery and has developed other projects too with considerable success in other regions in the south of Italy, such as Basilicata (Basilisco) and Puglia (Ognissole). Moreover, the winery is home to a viticultural school and through the "Il Patriarchi" project, in collaboration with the University of Milan and Professor Attilio Scienza, it has got involved in the study of Campania's native varieties. As if this wasn't enough, the winery also houses the Marennà restaurant, with two Michelin stars. In short, excellence in every sense of the word: in the production and study of wine, and in the provision of a top quality restaurant.

In the glass, Taurasi appears dark and virtually opaque to look at. On the nose, so rich and intense, it offers aromas of ripe black berries and cherries, as well as elegant floral touches and spicy notes of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.

On the palate, with the fruit and the oak working together in perfect harmony (the wine matures for 18 months in medium toast French oak barrels), it imparts a dense flavour, rich and well-balanced, that culminates in a long and persistent finish with balsamic and spicy hints.

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2028.

Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2010
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Montevetrano Core 2013 (2 bottles)

Red. Montevetrano Campania, Italy Aglianico

Bottle: £11.30 club members / £12.84 non-members

We may all be aware of Montevetrano, the Silvia Imparato wine which combines the styles of Bordeaux and Campania and since the 1990s has conquered palates all over the world. Core is the younger sibling of this great wine.

An Aglianico wine at an affordable price but of remarkable quality, which originates from the meticulous care of one of Italy's most respected oenologists, Ricardo Cotarella, who in order to attain the elegance, intensity and balance which characterise Core, submits the grapes to a long maceration for 28 days, followed by fermentation of the must in steel tanks and ageing for 10 months in new Nevers, Allier and Tronçais oak barrels.

Core is as delicious as its label presentation appears to suggest, a wine to enjoy to the full and without worrying about the cost. A light, cheery, modern wine, and representative of its region, a good companion to food and a source of great satisfaction.

Fruit and spices are the prevailing aromas in its bouquet, from which emanate wafts of red fruits, blackberries, plums and ripe black cherries, adorned with touches of cinnamon and liquorice. After these come other delicate roasted and chocolate notes, which are testament to its fine ageing and a very well-balanced contribution from the oak. Although powerful and full-bodied, the palate is most accessible and sure to win yours over too. A well-made wine, from a little-known grape yet with enormous potential, a winery focusing on low, high quality production, the expertise of a famous winemaker and a really affordable price... What more could you ask for?

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  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Montevetrano Core 2013
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Ocone Aglianico del Taburno Apollo 2010 (2 bottles)

Red. Ocone Aglianico del Taburno, Italy Aglianico

Bottle: £7.96 club members / £8.61 non-members

The Aglianico del Taburno denomination incorporates thirteen municipalities belonging to the province of Benevento, distributed among the limestone hills of the mountainous massif it takes its name from.

Boasting over a century of antiquity, Ocone is one of the names most closely linked to Benevento's wine-making tradition. The winery, which has been pursuing the precepts of organic wine-growing for some decades now, has always worked according to its own set rules with the aim of offering sincere, high quality wines that are expressive, Mediterranean and not meant to conform to passing trends.

The winery has a wide-ranging catalogue and Ocone Apollo Aglianico, despite the meticulous production methods — fermented in vertical oak tubs, matured in steel tanks for a year, aged in oak barrels for nine months and left to repose in bottle for a further 9 months — belongs to the classic line which includes the firm's most affordable wines.

In the glass it appears a light ruby colour with a garnet rim. On the delicate, light nose, it releases aromas of roses, wild strawberries, pepper, aniseed and cedar wood. On the palate, its smoothness, minerality and freshness make it ideal as an accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes.

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Ocone Aglianico del Taburno Apollo 2010
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