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Torrevento Bombino Nero Veritas 2015 (2 bottles)
Masciarelli Villa Gemma Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2016 (2 bottles)
Graci Etna Rosato 2015 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £62.87
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In the South, for that matter, rosé has never been just a by-product, it has always been the star of winemaking tradition. The Cerasuolo, in Abruzzo is a rock-solid institution, a flag that Montepulciano willingly flies to liven up the simplest and most convivial tables. The same can be said about Mount Etna, where the minerality of the volcanic terroir has always given the Nerelli remarkable and infinite verticality, which gives these Sicilian rosés surprising longevity. Not to mention Apulia and Salento: here rosé, from Nero di Troia, Primitivo or Negroamaro, has always been "the" wine, the variety which has always been considered the most authentic of the terroir, with its pink contrasting against the magnificent greens, yellows and blues of the landscape and ancient farms.
Abruzzo, Apulia, Sicily: our selection of the month is a journey through this labyrinth of wonderful shades and bright colours that are just crying out to be tasted. A simple sip reveals a different world, a sumptuous and delicate frame, a bouquet reminiscent of natural quintessence of fruit and resin. These wines will prove to be unwavering, frank but affable companions, which you will not be able to live without.
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Rosé. Torrevento Castel del Monte Bombino Nero, Italy Bombino Nero
Bottle: £6.96 club members / £7.58 non-members
The vineyards, located at altitudes of up to 600 metres and boasting optimal exposure, in mineral-rich soil of which the Castle itself is constructed, give the product a freshness and vigour of enviable full-bodied sharpness, which mixes harmoniously with the wide range of fruity fragrances it releases. Fragrances which have been preserved thanks to an astute ageing process: a brief initial stay in steel tanks, followed by several months of maturation in bottle.
Intense pink in colour, of an irresistible and deep cherry-red hue, to the nose Veritas is a surprising wine due to its complexity, where strawberry, currant and raspberry do not overmask the deeper scents of herbs, plum, tuff and rhubarb. A robust and spritely rosé, perfectly balanced and agreeably persistent, Veritas is one of the most important symbols of rosé in Apulia, which can be enjoyed by everyone thanks to our prices which, quite frankly, are exceptional.
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Rosé. Masciarelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano
Bottle: £8.18 club members / £9.30 non-members
Indeed, there are unexpected fruity aromas on the nose which are not just fragrant: with subsequent smells, Villa Gemma exposes its currant and wild berry notes, then over-ripe sour cherries, herbs, tomato leaves and peppers. Its flavour is as equally outstanding, which is surprising for its freshness and intense verticality, leaving you amazed with its long finish. The finish has the same aromas enriched with a very long balsamic finish which lures you into reaching for yet another glass.
Pairings are infinite, but especially amazingly rich food. Redfish soup, for example, is the perfect accompaniment to the velvety delicacy and its hints of pungent minerality. Or a traditional Amatriciana, which is the ideal companion to this Cerasuolo, softening out the pecorino cheese and the guanciale in a marvellous symphony of healthy fattiness and marked aroma.
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Rosé. Graci Etna, Italy Nerello Mascalese
Bottle: £12.81 club members / £14.56 non-members
Vinified in concrete and aged for six months in stainless steel, Etna Rosato di Graci immediately reveals its rosé character and verticality. Given that the wine is produced using soft pressing and without skin maceration, it is of a beautiful bright salmon pink colour. A delicate look that the nose confirms, of sleek refinement: plum and peach are a counterpoint to the more wild strawberry notes and the ubiquitous and explosive volcanic minerality. It's a different type of rosé, timeless in its specificity. Indeed, with its perfectly balanced and extremely pleasant taste, this wonderful Nerello Mascalese is extraordinarily full-bodied and fresh, which is, given its extremely delicate vinification, surprising for its velvety and warmly caressing verticality, which is never overly pungent.
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