Who knows when we'll get back there. In the mean time, here are 5 delicious Italians (and Italian variety made by an Aussie) for your table.
Fiorini Chianti Superiore DOCG 2018
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 2018
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 2017
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 2017
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.
Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Rosso Conero 2018
100% montepulciano from the Marche region. In the glass it's dense and crimson. On the nose rose petals and plums mingle with chinotto notes. And on the palate you'll find pepper and dense plummy red fruit, touched with old world savouriness. Fine tannins, complement a lovely rich mouthfeel, with fruit lingering long onto a smooth round finish. Love it.
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.