As winter enters, our wine list expands with a few more red wines. So from here on out we let the wines do the talking 😉
Primitivo di Manduria
The Primitivo grapes are harvested in the oldest vineyards located near the Ionian Sea, planted as trees with a yield per hectare is very low and excellent quality. The color is intense ruby red with beautiful purple hues. The aromas are very intense and evoke feelings such as fruit jam and blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, cocoa and liquorice. The taste is a round wine, smooth, with a persistent finish tending to aromatic. Suitable to accompany any meal, but also seasoned soups with meat sauces, gravies, stews, grilled red meats and braised.
BEAUJOLAIS L’ANCIEN 2019 – JEAN-PAUL BRUN – DOMAINE DES TERRES DOREES
Owned and run by Jean-Paul Brun since 1977 and situated in the far south of the region, Terre Dorrées, named after the local golden stone found here, has become one of Beaujolais’ pre-eminent traditional Domaines. Jean-Paul aims for the Burgundian method, making wines of beauty and sensuality but with proper age-worthy structures. Viticulture is organic, grapes are de-stemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts and macerated for 3-4 weeks. The wine is then aged in a mixture of concrete tanks and used oak barrels. These are wines that charm and seduce yet burst with energy and character. Some of the most moreish and complete Beaujolais’ we have ever tasted.
Nero D’Avola €19.00
Nero d’Avola is the main grape variety of our production and of wine making Sicily. In this wine there is all our passion for the work we do and for our land.
The Terre Siciliane Nero d’Avola of Cantine Fina was born in the splendid terroir of Western Sicily.
It is produced entirely from Nero D’Avola grapes, all harvested and selected manually in September. After fermentation which takes place at a controlled temperature, the wine ages first in French oak barrels and then in the bottle.
This Nero d’Avola is characterized by a ruby red color. The nose opens with an elegant and pleasant bouquet of ripe red fruits. On the palate it is pleasantly enveloping, delicate and refined.
Ideal to combine with sausage and mushroom risotto, it is excellent to serve with stewed meats or red meats cooked on the grill.
Chateau Marjosse €26.00
Toasty nose with ripe plums and red cherry compote laced with smoky notes and cherry cola. Refreshing acidity, with supple texture and smooth tannins in an easy drinking style.
Château MARJOSSE is a historical property located 14 km South of Saint Emilion, first built in 1782. It is surrounded by 40 acres of vineyards which sit on exceptional clay and limestone soils.
Winemaker Pierre Lurton, born and raised in a neighboring château, bought the property piece by piece, starting in 1991, and has been producing widely-acclaimed and sensibly-priced reds and whites since then.
Chateau Saintayme €35.00
Grand Cru St Emilion
Saintayme in Saint Emilion is the property of Denis Durantou. Denis Durantou is best known for producing one of the best wines in the Pomerol appellation with Chateau Leglise Clinet.
The 9 hectare vineyard of Saintayme is planted to almost 100% Merlot. Located in the increasingly popular commune of Saint Etienne de Lisse, here you find the cooler soils of that sector are also the home for Valandraud and Chateau Fleur Cardinale. The vineyard of Saintayme is in 1 single parcel.
The terroir is limestone, clay and gravel soils, similar to what you find at many top Saint Emilion vineyards. On average, the vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The vines are old at close to 35 years of age. A juicy and delicious red with red tile, plums and cherries. Full body, round tannins and a long and juicy finish.
DOK MALTA – DENOMINAZZJONI TA’ ORIGINI KONTROLLATA
Melqart has a deep, ruby-red colour; an aroma of ripe berry fruits with spiced notes; and a rich, blackberry flavour with silky tannins and a long finish.
This vintage was characterized by a very wet winter, which has helped have a good water retention in the soil to guarantee regular sprouting. The spring temperatures have been similar to the seasonal averages and this has favored a normal succession of vegetation growth. In summer maturation was slow and has continued throughout the month of August and compared to the previous there has been a slight drop in yield. All this is expressed through wines which are particularly rich in aromas with classic olfactory notes that remind us of their territory, elegance and a long finish on the palate.
An excellent aromatic wine from the Cantina Fina located in the highlands near the west coast of Sicilia. The Kikè is mainly produced from Gewürztraminer (Traminer Aromatico) a variety of aromatic grape planted in Sicily only recently. It benefits from the varying climate near the sea giving the wine its characteristic aromatic taste.
Perfect for young and medium bodied white wines which don’t require excessive oxygenation to open. The opening, slightly tighter than the body of the glass, favors the concentration of aromas towards the nose, enhancing the perception of aromas and limiting the dispersion.
Gavi di Gavi€20.00
Tenuta il Bergo
From the prized Rovereto zone of the Gavi di Gavi appellation. The soils are white in color, chalky in content exuding the citrus, herbal and flinty nature of this delicious white wine.
White flowers blossom, unripe melon and green apricot aroma with light petroleum hints; chalk, wet gravel, lemon, pear and apple taste with grapefruit finish. Medium plus acidity, bit crispy, light, delicate, mineral, intriguing, enjoyable, not overly complex.
Greco Di Tufo €22.50
Villa Matilda Avallone
Villa Matilde Greco di Tufo comes from vineyards planted between 1956 and 1980 at an altitude of between 400 and 500 metres above sea level. These strains are over 40 years old, planted in clay soil and cultivated using respectful agriculture. The work is manual and the machinery used consumes half of what conventional vehicles do. The production yield is limited to 3,000 litres per hectare and the harvest is manual, selecting the grapes in the vineyard itself.
Once the grape is destemmed, it is pressed gently and cold settled. Villa Matilde Greco di Tufo then ferments in stainless steel tanks for about 4 months with its own lees. It is then finally bottled.
Villa Matilde Greco di Tufo is an aromatic white wine with intense aromas of stone fruits, sweet almonds and mineral and citrus notes. On the palate it is fresh, lively and rich. It has a pleasant mid-palate and a persistent finish with mineral touches.
Jean Paul & Benoit Droin
Jean-Paul Benoit Droin is an ancient winery in Burgundy run by Jean-Paul and his son Benoît Droin. Together they work the family vineyards that have been passed down from generation to generation since the beginning of the 17th century. They currently own 26 hectares in the renowned Premier and Grand Cru areas. In 1999 they built a new winery on the outskirts of the town of Chablis, where they combine modern and traditional winemaking techniques to express the character of each terroir.
Jean-Paul Droin Chablis comes from old vines planted in shallow soils of gray marl and limestone and lying at an altitude of 130-320 metres above sea level. Conventional agriculture is used with respectful techniques that limit yields and keep away disease. The harvest is carried out manually and early to preserve the natural acidity of the grape.
Jean-Paul Droin Chablis is a white wine from one of Burgundy’s most prestigious wineries. A citric, fresh and balanced Chardonnay that surprises even the most demanding palates.
Meridiana Wine Estate
Isis has a brilliant, straw-yellow colour with a pale green rim; a fresh, complex bouquet of grapefruit and other exotic white fruits with gentle floral notes; and a well-structured, citrus taste with a long, pleasantly acidic, aftertaste.