Italy. Oh, Italy. We’re back far, aren’t we? As anyone who knows even Australian history knows, Italy’s contribution to our gastronomic culture stems from the first wave of immigration in the 1950s and 60s. Without that? Well, it’s hard to contemplate life without parmigiano-reggiano.
Or in this case, sangiovese and nebbiolo.
Which brings us to the coronavirus, and evening news reports about the devastation that befell Italy. You don’t need to be an Italian wine expert to know that the region hardest hit by a pandemic – the north – is also home to some of the country’s biggest wines: sangiovese in Tuscany (Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, IGTs et al) and sublime nebbiolos, red grape varieties originating from Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco).
For various reasons – support, solidarity, and gratitude – I choose to drink Italian now; and I hope you too. The following grapes are all red because of individuality, quality and molto brio. So why not #stayhome, order from your favorite Italian restaurant, and toast to our special friends, Italians. Salute!
2016 Antinori ‘Tenuta Tignanello’ Chianti Classico Riserva – RRP $ 75
Headquartered in Florence, the name Antinori has more than 600 years of wine making history. This is a wine titan, with a total annual production of more than 20 million bottles in more than 150 different labels. This extraordinary success was thanks to Pierro Antinori, who ran the business with passion and success for 50 years, before giving up daily control in 2016 to his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, and Renzo Cotarella, its CEO. , chief wine maker and trusted friend. The next wine is their flagship Chianti, Tenute Marchese Classico Riserva.
I really enjoyed this wine. This bouquet is truly enchanting with a complex tone of ripe red fruit, a touch of anise, balm and tobacco. The palate is equally tempting with bright fruits that show extraordinary strength when entering, and then continue to make palate tastes with the complex bitter chocolate fruit character that blends with the taste of the savory herbs. The long, aromatic finish is supported by a perfectly integrated and perfectly round tannin. Extraordinary shape. Very tasty drink.
at The Wine Emporium ($ 78)“data-reactid =” 26 “> Available at wine or online merchants at The Wine Emporium ($ 78)
Albino Rocco Barbaresco 2016 – RRP $ 90
Founded in 1955, with the first bottling of plantations in 1960, it was only in 1986 that the entire production of vineyards was bottled under the eponymous home label. Wine from this incredible vintage 2016 shows that this famous house is at the top of their game.
traditional Italian alternative to oak barrels. This grape has a medium to dark red and aromatic appearance of roses, anise, and sun on warm soil. The strong red berry flavor and the aniseed flavor palate with passion and intensity. It is beautifully shaped and proportioned, with a long finishing touch and a thick bitter chocolate flavor. “Data-reactid =” 29 “> 100% Nebbiolo grapes aged at least two years before release – as required by Barbaresco” DOC “- in this case in Stockinger (Austria) botti, traditional Italian alternative to oak barrels. This grape has a medium to dark red and aromatic appearance of roses, anise, and sun on warm soil. The strong red berry flavor and the aniseed flavor palate with passion and intensity. The shape is beautiful and proportionate, with a long end result and a dark bitter chocolate taste.
Buy the 2012 model at Dan Murphy for $ 90.“data-reactid =” 30 “>Buy the 2012 model at Dan Murphy for $ 90.
2015 Massolino Barolo Serralunga d’Alba RRP – $ 99
First produced in 1911, Massolino Barolo comes from five different parts of the Serralunga vineyards, with the age of the vine ranging from 10 to 55 years. 24+ months old in large Slovenian oak barrels. Year after year, Massolino produces some of the best Barolo from Piedmont. This is their “entry-level” wine and is a delicious example.
2015 = great Barolo vintage, and this is an example that can be approached from this classic year. A super rose bouquet, a little orange peel, and tobacco paper and anise. The ceiling was startling with an explosion of small bright red berries on entry, with a berry flavor that continued throughout the well-weighted ceiling, and expanded as they moved across the long finish line. The Barolo tannin features and is generously coated with a licorice twist. While many Barolo from 2015 will need additional storage space to express their appeal, there is no such need with this baby who is ready to please at this time.
Buy it in the Antique Warehouse for $ 90.“data-reactid =” 34 “>Buy it in the Antique Warehouse for $ 90.
Buy 2014 vintage at Dan Murphy for $ 100“data-reactid =” 35 “>Buy 2014 vintage at Dan Murphy for $ 100
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