Who knows when you'll be there next - soon hopefully. In the mean time, here are 6 delicious Italian reds.
- 4 grown and made by Italians in Italy.
- 1 grown by Italians, but made by an Aussie in Italy
- 1 Italian variety, grown and made by an Aussie in Australia.
Fiorini Chianti Superiore DOCG 2019
Bright ruby red - it’s delicious drinking, with classic ripe red cherry and violet aromas. On the palate juicy cherry and cranberry notes mingle with licorice, cloves and pepper. Subtle astringency and spice tempers the lush fruit with powdery fine tannins on the finish. A great balance of fruit and savouriness.
Scala Ciro DOC Rosso Classico Superiore 2020
Calabria calling! On the palate, raspberry and cranberry notes meld with dried herbs, fennel and pepper. Clean acid and feathery light tannins give nice structure to this mid-weight and elegant wine. Deliciously smooth and savoury - add to this a couple of years' bottle age and the groovy label - what's not to like?
Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore La Roverina 2020
A blend of 70% corvina, 20% rondinella and a 10% mixture of molinara and other local varieties. Sourced from a single vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico zone. On the nose you’ll find cherry, marzipan and aniseed notes. While on the palate there’s juicy pomegranate, graphite, pepper and a long liquorice finish. Medium bodied with crisp acidity and soft tannins, this opens up beautifully in the glass.
A Mano Primitivo 2021
On the palate you'll find juicy red cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, tempered by savoury ferrous notes and a subtle graphite twist. Smooth mouthfeel, firm acid and fine tannins on a nicely dry finish. While it increases in weight and flavour as it opens up, it’s very much a medium-bodied, simple and elegant wine by Primitivo standards.
Babo Nero d'Avola 2018
100% nero d'avola made in Sicily, by Tassie winemaker Justin Bubb, that's full of freshess and finesse. "Expect a lifted perfume of freshly crushed blueberries and plum with flecks of aniseed and dried mountain herbs. The palate is loaded with the same fruit, yet it's fresh and lively with a cool, powdery close. Yet another brilliant value from Justin Bubb." Importers Notes.
Head Wines Head Red Montepulciano 2020
And finally an Aussie take on this terrific Italian variety by Barossa winemaker Alex Head. A blend of 90% montepulciano and 10% grenache. On the nose you'll find blackberry fruit and vanilla (although it hasn’t had much oak) with an abundance of sweet aromatic juicy red fruit. On the palate, pepper and juicy, jubey red fruit fill the mouth. It's mid-weight to generous with super smooth tannins and a lean clean finish. The perfect foil for a lovingly made spag bol.