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Arianna Occhipinti Sp 68 Rosso 2014 (2 bottles)
Porta del Vento Maquè Perricone 2013 (2 bottles)
Passopisciaro Passorosso 2013 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £94.41
Club Discount Price: £82.97
You save: £11.44 (12.11%)
Three Sicilian wines, geographically set apart, but sharing low-intervention production methods, the prominence of native varieties and an overwhelming freshness... Have your corkscrew at hand and get ready to enjoy the irresistible delights of Sicilian wines.
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Red. Arianna Occhipinti Sicilia, Italy Frappato, Nero d'Avola
Bottle: £11.71 club members / £13.38 non-members
Arianna Occhipinti's lands are cultivated by hand and are rich in elements that help the optimum development of her young vineyards, which do not grow very high in order to benefit from the heat given off by the ground. The varieties found there are Frappato, Nero d'Avola, Albanello and Zibibbo.
After the harvest, also carried out manually, the grapes undergo a meticulous selection before a simple and natural vinification. The grapes ferment by means of native yeasts, and subsequent production procedures result in low intervention by keeping to simple and traditional processes. All this gives rise to healthy, honest and authentic wines.
SP68 is a versatile young wine, perfect for any season of the year, and ideal on countless occasions and for numerous pairings, from a barbecue with friends to an impromptu dinner. A light and delicate wine which flows on the palate without any discernible difficulty... but with a character and personality which make it irresistible.
SP68 is the firm's entry wine and made from the Frappato (70%) and Nero d'Avola (30%) varieties. Appearing a ruby-red colour, it's a pleasant and fresh wine that exudes aromas of ripe red fruits, strawberry, cherry, carob, liquorice, tobacco, leather... It's flavoursome on the palate: red and black-coloured berries, herbs, spices... A juicy and vibrant composition, which is in perfect balance with some subtle tannins, fine acidity and minerality.
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Red. Porta del Vento Sicilia, Italy Perricone
Bottle: £10.96 club members / £12.44 non-members
The Perricone is an age-old red grape variety, native to Sicily but not widely grown. Nowadays, it's mainly found on the western side of the island, such as in Camporeale, where Porta del Vento makes its Maquè, a fresh and balanced wine which charmingly reveals this land's characteristics.
Maquè Perricone is characterised by a nose that seems rather dark, with aromas of black cherries and plum jam on a balsamic background, alongside other notes of oregano, black olives, resin and spices such as cloves and pepper. On the palate it reveal good structure, with well-integrated tannins and just the right amount of freshness and minerality.
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Red. Passopisciaro Terre Siciliane, Italy Nerello Mascalese
Bottle: £18.82 club members / £21.39 non-members
Passorosso, which is the Passopisciaro's entry wine, is obtained from Nerello Mascalese grapes originating from various locations within the Etna Cru. Appearing a magnificent and bright ruby colour, in the glass it emanates enticing fruit and spicy aromas, red fruits, violets, pepper and aromatic herbs, that work wonderfully well with the delightful minerality. On the palate, its freshness and crisp texture precede red fruits that seem chewy, particularly red currant and cherry. Tannins are present on a palate that flows smoothly, cleanly and easily, and ends with a long finish exhibiting pleasant mineral hints.
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