Right, back from a few days off enjoying Rosé in the sun and some stunning Italian reds in the evenings. Watch out for a cracking shipping offer coming up this autumn on a few of these!
So that aside -
NV Nani Rizzi Prosecco – A perennial favourite. Good, well made prosecco with a clean fruity sense, plenty of bubbles and a gorgeously smooth mousse. Little brother to the award-winning Nani Rizzi Valdobbiadene, this is a little crackergem.
2014 De Bortoli Deen ‘Vat Series No 1 Durif’ – also known as Petite Sirah, this spicy little number doesn’t quite have the monolithic density or tannic body that PS can be credited with. On the other hand it does have the plummy-spicyness, wrapped up in a bit of oaking to add a creamy ending. This is cracking stuff!
2016 Nuovo Quadro Gavi di Gavi, La Battistina – La Battistina make a number of different Gavi’s and Gavi di Gavi’s but this is by far and away their best. A combination of four vineyard sites (two high altitude, two low) it combines the fruit to get a perfect balance to the wine. Lots of crisp mineral notes shepherd the pear and citrus before ending on a slightly saline/nutty note. Absolutely stonking, this is often in my top picks of the day. And not just because Kate Bush describes the best Gavi di Gavi as being “like the light over a cliff in Italy.”
2016 La Tour Melas Rosé. Too good to ignore for too long! Argiorgitiko translates into Rosé really well – lots of fruit, a delicious crispness and a firm texture of slight strawberries and raspberries. This bottled Greek sunshine is as near a stylistic copy of Provencal Rosé as we’ve yet seen. Absolutely worth the extra few quid up– dare I say it – a challenger for the French title of king of the super-premiums pinks…?