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Cantele Amativo 2014 (2 bottles)
Librandi Magno Megonio 2014 (2 bottles)
Gulfi Nerojbleo 2013 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £72.66
Club Discount Price: £63.82
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The Ionian, a slice of Italy facing Greece (which indeed is the cradle of the first colonies of the Magna Graecia), lures you into a perfect trip between similar but different territories. The Sicilian Ionian no longer needs any introduction. It is the setting of some of the most renowned vineyards of the island: it is here that the classic area of Nero d'Avola rises, between Avola and Noto, a land of great and ancient Passitos, and is the place overlooked by extraordinary terroirs like those of the Etna.
The Calabrian Ionian, on the other hand, is still largely undiscovered. It is the Ionian of the Greco di Bianco and the Mantonico, but above all of Cirò. The ancient Greek colony today produces, thanks to a magnificent work of development of the indigenous Gaglioppo and Magliocco, the most famous regional red wine, a wine of elegant and strong structure at the same time, enveloping and savoury together. And then Salento. Who doesn't know areas like Manduria and Salice Salentino? Who doesn't know the beaches of Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo? This is the land of great rosés and magnificent character-full reds, which are always soft and rich, broad and inviting, like Primitivo and Negroamaro.
And the bad news? True, the lack of buses and diesel railways do not help the Ionian coastal traveller. And so? Don't give up: if the journey is slow, a stop in a vineyard is a must!
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Red. Cantele Salento, Italy Primitivo, Negroamaro
Bottle: £12.38 club members / £14.14 non-members
The Amativo production area, with its beautiful minimalist label, is the same, in the countryside of Guagnano, Sava and San Pietro Vernotico. With its classic Salento blend of Primitivo and Negroamaro, whose combination of names gives rise to its name, Amativo derives from sapling vines which, as per the regional tradition, offer tradition and territoriality. After a year of barrique, it promises at least five-ten years of full enjoyment.
Consistent, of an impenetrable ruby red colour, it already showcases some garnet veining. On the nose, the aroma, impetuous and decisive, includes notes of rose, myrtle, berries, dried fig, jammy red fruits, on a vanilla-textures backdrop. One also distinguishes sensations of coffee, chocolate, aromatic herbs, and even a salty inkling. On the palate it is harmonious and well-rounded, with exceptionally silky and integrated tannin, fleshy but balanced by a wonderful freshness. Infinite persistence, weaving its way through spicy and fruity memories.
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Red. Librandi Val di Neto, Italy Magliocco
Bottle: £9.37 club members / £10.65 non-members
Taken from the name of a Roman centurion who lived in Calabria in the 2nd century A.D. and who first left written traces of local viticulture, Magno Megonio comes from some of the best areas of Val di Neto, on predominantly clayey and calcareous soils. By looking at them, they shine in their beautiful, bright and consistent ruby red colour, a prelude to great taste-olfactory sensations.
The aroma is decisive, of striking character, with rich and well distinguishable scents. It starts with dried plum, withered blackberry, dried fig and nutmeg, and then flows on to particularly profound aromas like herbs, undergrowth, vanilla and cocoa. The taste does not disappoint. An elegantly tannic palate, perfectly integrated into an overall soft texture which is extraordinarily easy to drink.
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Red. Gulfi Sicilia, Italy Nero d'Avola
Bottle: £10.16 club members / £11.55 non-members
Vigna Coste, with about 4 hectares, is the largest vineyard in the municipality, overlooking the Iblei mountains in the Ragusa area. The average altitude is 420 m a.s.l., with east-west exposure. The climate is temperate, characterised by mild winters and dry summers. All the right conditions for a typical and representative Nero d'Avola, full-bodied, rich, but elegant and subtle at the same time.
A beautiful deep, lively and consistent ruby red in colour, the aroma includes a range of various, complex, incisive and powerful complex scents. What stands out is sensations of Morello cherry and jammy plum, rosehip, black pepper and cloves. And then, the finish, we even sense leather and liquorice, mint, undergrowth and bay leaf. Warm and soft, elegant and enveloping, it has a good tannic quality and a typical deep and fruity persistence, enlivened by a pleasant freshness.
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