2018 Tour of Italy 6-pack
2018 Tour of Italy 6-pack
1 x Isola Augusta Millesimato Prosecco
1 x Pieropan Soave
1 x Trediberri Langhe Nebbiolo
1 x Santadi Vermentino
1 x Cusumano Nero d’Avola
1 x La Spinetta Il Nero Sangiovese
Tour of Italy 6-pack
A selection of the best wines Italy has to offer, from Piemonte in the North to Sicily in the South.
Isola Augusta Millesimato Prosecco
From the hills of Veneto comes the world’s favourite sparkling wine, Prosecco. Made from a variety formerly known as Prosecco (now known as Glera, to protect the heritage of Prosecco in Italy), most examples are made in stainless steel tanks to retain the freshness and vivacity of the variety. Expect fresh green apples, hints of river stones, and an incredibly creamy texture from the additional ageing required for a vintage (or millesimato) Prosecco.
Pieropan was one of the first Italian wines to be recognised in Australia, and remains to this day one of the biggest sellers – and with good reason. Produced from Garganega in the hills of Veneto, Soave is a rich and textural wine with great aromatic intensity. Notes of lemon, almonds, chamomile and honey abound, with some herbaceous wild floral notes and yellow fruit balanced by fine acidity and a slightly fuller mouthfeel. Pairs beautifully with seafood.
Trediberri Langhe Nebbiolo
If you want to learn more about Nebbiolo, a great place to start is Langhe’s intuitive DOC classification, which allows producers from Barolo and Barbaresco to declassify their grapes if they feel they aren’t up to the standard. It’s a great entry level into good Nebbiolo. Located in Barolo, Trediberri’s entry level Nebbiolo is great value – characterised by red apple skin, blood orange, Campari, and bay leaf, it has fresh acidity complimenting the finely wound tannins, and represents seriously impressive drinking.
Across the Tyrrhenian Sea is the island of Sardinia, and here the white variety Vermentino is king. Produced as a single varietal and sold to the crowds of thirsty tourists enjoying their freshly caught seafood, Vermentino from Sardegna is a medium bodied wine with vibrant acidity, lemon peel, peach and floral aromatics, dried dill and fennel herbaceous characters, and a current of salinity that seems injected from the waves surrounding this gorgeous isola.
Cusumano Nero d’Avola
Sicily’s most important red grape variety, in terms of production volume, is Nero d’Avola. A bold and full-bodied variety, it is similar in weight to a Shiraz, but with black cherry, sappy plum, black licorice, chilli pepper and dried tobacco. Firm, powdery tannins make this the perfect accompaniment to pizza, pasta and cured meats, or try it with traditional Sicilian caponata. If you like this it is also worth seeking out Australian versions!
La Spinetta Il Nero Sangiovese
Tuscany is legendary for its wine production, based around Italy’s favourite grape variety, Sangiovese. In the verdant landscape of Tuscany’s hills, La Spinetta produces its Casanova in the style of Super Tuscans – which are among the world’s most sought-after wines. A splash of Cabernet Sauvignon gives bold fruit weight to the fine tannins and bright acidity of Sangiovese, and a winning flavour profile of blackcurrant, sage, warm earth and sour cherries.