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Il Bruciato 2014 (2 bottles)
Marchesi Antinori Bramìto del Cervo 2015 (2 bottles)
Tormaresca Calafuria 2015 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £71.48
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Over the centuries and through 26 generations, the Antinori family has always directly participated in the management of its wine estates and remained faithful to principles which combine tradition and innovation. Thanks to this, we can enjoy today such notable wines as Tignanello and Solaia.
The family's historic winery is located in Tuscany (Chianti), but over the years the Antinoris have also been actively involved in developing many projects in other regions; in many cases, it has been they themselves who have been forerunners of the growth experienced by certain denominations, such as Bolgheri in the 1960s and Puglia in the 1990s.
Our selection for this month has settled on a red, a white and a rosé from three wineries and three different denominations: Bolgheri, Umbria and Puglia. Three wines which don't appear to have anything in common, except the Antinori family's unique style and its long-standing tradition of more than 700 years.
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Red. Guado al Tasso - Marchesi Antinori Bolgheri, Italy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
Bottle: £13.56 club members / £15.42 non-members
Il Bruciato is the younger sibling of Guado al Tasso, the company's emblematic wine, and in comparison it shows greater immediacy and liveliness. It's made from a selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes originating from the winery's vineyards, with management in the expert hands of the Antinori family and under rigorous quality standards.
Once in the winery, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the coupage's predominant variety, ferments for roughly two weeks at 30 degrees, whereas the Merlot and Syrah do so at a lower temperature in order to keep their varietal aromas unchanged. After fermentation, the wine will undergo 8 months of ageing in barrel, followed by another 4 months of refinement in bottle before being released onto the market.
Appearing a dark ruby colour, Il Bruciano offers an expressive bouquet that reveals notes of forest fruits, flowers, terracotta, leather, tobacco and sweet spices. On the palate, its outstanding features are its coherence, its balance and the slight harshness of its tannins, which provides the earthy touches which we'd been able to discern on the nose. It ends with a long finish exhibiting pleasant fruity touches.
Sirloin steak / lamb
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White. Castello della Sala - Marchesi Antinori Umbria, Italy Chardonnay
Bottle: £9.70 club members / £11.03 non-members
As typically found with this exceptional family's wines, those made by Castello della Sala are also characterised by a philosophy that combines tradition and modernity without losing a single iota of quality. As proof of this, in addition to the cellars of the ancient medieval fortress, where the barrel ageing of the wines still takes place, a new modern wine-making room was built in 1985. Here special attention is given to the temperature in order to preserve the aromatic qualities of the grapes, another of this winery's distinctive features and not just one pertaining to Bramito del Cervo.
A Chardonnay in all its purity, straw-coloured with greenish flecks and a nose that offers a fascinating and complete bouquet of varietal notes (tropical and citrus fruits, peaches), dried herbs, and other notes imparted by its short stay in oak: sweet spices and hazelnuts in particular. Bramito del Cervo is a well-balanced wine with good structure, fresh and creamy at the same time, clear-cut, clean and with a pleasantly fruity finish.
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Rosé. Tormaresca Salento, Italy Negroamaro
Bottle: £8.18 club members / £9.30 non-members
The values which have sustained Tormaresca's success are none other than those which the Antinori family has been upholding for 26 generations: close ties with the land, clear respect for tradition and history, and a strong commitment to innovation.
In 1998, when the Antinoris alighted in Puglia, they procured estates, Bocca di Luppo in Murge and Masseria Maime in Salento, both with excellent soils for cultivating vines, but with a total lack of structure and procedures oriented towards high quality production. The Antinoris, together with the world-famous oenologist Renzo Cotarella, decided upon the construction of a new, modern building that combines tradition, respect for the environment and innovation.
Calafuria is an expressive rosé originating from vineyards of the Negroamaro variety that grow near the sea. The grapes, harvested and selected by hand, are gently pressed once in the winery, and are maintained at a rigorously controlled temperature during each process in order to preserve all their primary aromas.
Hardly has the nose approached the glass and we can discern its delicious fruit-charged aromas (raspberries, strawberries, cherries), combined with other sweet floral notes of roses and wisteria, and hints of tamarind and grated orange rind. A rosé with a clean and vibrant bouquet which, once on the palate, appears fresh, fruit-forward and saline. An ideal wine to accompany a summer meal focusing on fish.
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