March 2017 Selection

Southern Italy: the power of pink

March 2017 Selection

Torrevento Bombino Nero Veritas 2015 (2 bottles)
Masciarelli Villa Gemma Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2016 (2 bottles)
Graci Etna Rosato 2015 (2 bottles)

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The verticality of the grape varieties and sun-drenched vineyards are the simple ingredients that have always placed Southern Italian rosés in a category of their own, with their concentrated fruit and sunny radiance in an irresistible cherry colour which is both bold and brilliant. Never predictable and incredibly multifaceted, rosés from the South of Italy are wines for all seasons. The grape varieties used are the distinctive Montepulciano, Nerello Mascalese, Primitivo, Aglianico and Nero di Troia... Wines that can be paired with an incredibly diverse range of food, which would be pushing it with other wines: seafood and land-based antipasti, first courses with tomato and fish soups, fresh but well-seasoned meat dishes, or fish, in all its varieties, from an unembellished swordfish to a juicy redfish.

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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Torrevento Bombino Nero Veritas 2015 (2 bottles)

Rosé. Torrevento Castel del Monte Bombino Nero, Italy Bombino Nero

Bottle: £6.96 club members / £7.58 non-members

This is the jewel in the crown of the Castel del Monte DOCG wine-producing area. The Bombino Nero vinified into rosé has produced such an outstanding wine that it has received a high quality appellation just for itself. At the foot of a location imbued with magic and history sits the Castel del Monte, the Apulian fortress built by Frederick II of Swabia and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is here that the Bombino Nero grows, a late-ripening variety which does not reach full ripeness, thereby ensuring perfect conditions for rosé winemaking with full but delicate aromas and flavours.

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.

  • Alcohol content: 12,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Torrevento Bombino Nero Veritas 2015
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Masciarelli Villa Gemma Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2016 (2 bottles)

Rosé. Masciarelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Italy Montepulciano

Bottle: £8.18 club members / £9.30 non-members

In the scene of the great Cerasuolo wines from Abruzzo, Villa Gemma is definitely a leading figure, and is one of the best-known rosé labels in Italy and recipient of important national and international awards. With its distinctive Montepulciano verticality, Villa Gemma comes from magnificent vineyards at 400 metres above sea level in the Chieti hills, in clay- and limestone-rich soil. These are ideal conditions, of course, for rosés, which are intense and fresh coupled with warmth and elegance. In the glass Villa Gemma immediately strikes you with its great character: cherry red in colour, with surprising hues of purple, this wine does not disappoint the expectations of stunning rosés with its colours and sensations of a young red wine.

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.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 10ºC and 12ºC

Masciarelli Villa Gemma Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2016
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Graci Etna Rosato 2015 (2 bottles)

Rosé. Graci Etna, Italy Nerello Mascalese

Bottle: £12.81 club members / £14.56 non-members

The slopes of Etna, now known for excellence in white and red wines of the great native grape varieties, also imbibe rosés with a unique volcanic guise which are a definite must-try. Graci is definitely one of the most historical and popular wineries, and produces, in very selected and limited quantities, a rosé that cannot fail to engage fans of this extraordinary terroir. As a matter of fact, the grapes used for this rosé come from the winery's best performing vineyards, grown on the northern slope of the volcano. These vines produce gems like Arcurìa, an Etna winemaking masterpiece, from altitudes above 600 metres above sea level with vines trained in the traditional bush-vine method supported by espaliers. The soil, rich in stone, iron, nitrogen, and which is obviously densely volcanic, do the rest: this is the prelude to an irresistible and timeless rosé, which you will never tire of drinking.

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.

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 8ºC and 10ºC

Graci Etna Rosato 2015
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