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Vigna Petrussa Schioppettino 2011 (2 bottles)
Ca' Lojera Lugana Superiore 2012 (2 bottles)
Marotti Campi Orgiolo 2012 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £75.35
Club Discount Price: £66.33
You save: £9.02 (11.97%)
For this special time of year, we've come up with a wine selection that aims to convey a certain serenity and transmit the necessary measure of confidence for tackling our busy agendas. Three wines whose origins are set far apart but which share the "Slow" label, bestowed on them by the Slow Wine guide, following the precepts of the Slow Food movement relating to health, ecology, fair trade, local produce, etc.
Two reds and a white which express to perfection both their home territory and the varieties which go into their making: a Schioppetino di Prepotto, a Lugana di Sirmione and a Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, with each one reflecting the work of three small but splendid producers: Vigna Petrussa, Ca 'Lojera and Marotti Campi. Three wineries which find that the best way of expressing their lands with true passion lies in honest toil and respect for the environment. Their efforts have brought forth these three wines which are characterised by their excellent price / quality ratio, three wines to enjoy calmly and at any time. Perfect for drinking a toast this September to a new and exciting vintage year.
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Red. Vigna Petrussa Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy Schioppettino
Bottle: £13.31 club members / £15.13 non-members
The Schioppettino is an ancient vine whose history is closely linked to this land and its inhabitants, as when Prepotto prevented the variety from becoming extinct by disregarding a law passed in 1976 which was prohibiting its cultivation.
Described by the winery itself as the "Pearl of the Colli Orientali" (the Eastern Hills), the Schioppettino of Vigna Petrussa gives rise to a vigorous, varietal wine that encompasses all the essence of the terroir.
In the glass it appears a deep, impenetrable ruby-red colour with purple flecks. With a dark and mysterious, and likewise fascinating nose, Vigna Petrussa Schioppettino emanates aromas of blueberry jam, cyclamen, herbs and undergrowth, sweet spices such as vanilla and cinnamon, and hints of blood. As we said, a fascinating bouquet which offers the chance to delve around and discover new aromas. On the palate it delivers what it promises, and we encounter a wine of great personality which ably counterbalances fruitiness and smoothness, as well as flavour and freshness. A wine of very good character which takes its leave with a long finish and an aftertaste that has a suggestion of almonds.
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White. Ca' Lojera Lugana, Italy Trebbiano di Lugana
Bottle: £11.35 club members / £12.89 non-members
Ca' Lojera makes its wines from grapes harvested on its own 18 hectares of land, cultivated in a most environmentally friendly way. On this terrain, the vines dig their roots deep into the clay soil which once formed part of the bottom of Lake Garda and which now confers on the Lugana terroir a mineral trait, good structure and an amazing capacity to evolve over time.
Ca' Lojera Lugana Superiore originates from extremely low-yielding vineyards, the grapes are harvested manually at the point of perfect ripeness and the must ferments and matures for 24 months in 25-hl oak barrels. The result is an intense wine of great personality.
In the glass, its pale yellow colour and golden flecks entice the sense of smell towards an essentially elegant and attractive bouquet. Its fruity aromas (pineapple and peach), toasty and mineral notes are in perfect balance and endow the wine with a most pleasing characteristic. On the palate, we encounter a robust, warm, smooth and enveloping Lugana, but one that's also fresh and flavoursome right up to its finish with some smoky touches. A wine through which the Tiraboschis profess their love for this land and which succeeds in not only expressing the terroir but also evolving in time in its own original way.
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Red. Marotti Campi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Italy Lacrima
Bottle: £8.50 club members / £9.67 non-members
The Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is a semi-aromatic variety which gives rise to some easily recognisable wines, with intense aromas of roses, violets and lavender. Orgiolo has even more to offer. It's a superior category wine, aged for 12 months in small, second and third year French oak barrels and afterwards undergoes a period of rest and refinement for a further 6 months. This oak ageing softens the rather overwhelming floral aromas and complements them with delightful spicy notes of pepper, cloves and cinnamon, on a particularly pleasant balsamic background. This is precisely where a large part of Orgiolo's seductive charm lies, in the way in which it manages to soften and at the same time enhance the exuberance of the Lacrima's floral notes with a lovely spicy sweetness.
On the palate it's firm, fleshy and elegant. After a smooth entry, well-defined tannins are immediately present and provide perfect balance in every mouthful.
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