Wine List

Wine List

PROSECCO, METODO CLASSICO & FRANCIACORTA

1 Prosecco Brut Del Veneto DOC   £28.50

Zone of production: Veneto      Glass 125ml £7.50

Grape variety: Prosecco (Glera)

Fruity & flowery bouquet with overtones of golden apple & very slight dose of yeast. On the palate it feels beautiful & lively with a creamy consistency to the palate that blends well with its softness.

2 Prosecco Brut Quartese Ruggeri Valdobbiadene DOCG  £38.50

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: Prosecco (Glera)

Exclusively produced with prosecco grapes selected from the best vineyards in the region. The processes of vinification & second fermentation are supervised with special care in order to intensify the wine’s aroma. The result is a fragrant & elegant wine with a fine mousse & bouquet.

3 Costaripa Brut Rose` £45 .95

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: 80% Chardonnay / 20% Pinot Noir

A perfect example of a sparkling wine made applying traditional methods (fermentation in bottle) with 80% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir softly pressed grapes. An exquisite wine with a superbly well-defined aromatic profile and splendidly integrated mousse. Pale cherry pink with a hint of ripe fruit, vanilla and redcurrant.

4 Cuvee Imperiale Franciacorta DOCG Brut Berlucchi £48.95

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: Chardonnay

A Cuvee of extraordinary finesse, the peak of “pas dose” sparkling wines. Crystal clear with an outstanding, slightly toasty nose. An incomparably soft wine with mouth filling finish. One of my favourite bubble.

5 Ferrari Maximum Brut Metodo Classico £52.95

Zone of production: Trentino Glass 125ml £13.50

Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay

A deep straw yellow. A gentle, yet positive and persistent bouquet, with a note of ripe fruit accompanied by hints of crusty bread, hazelnuts and variegated floral aromas. Dry, elegant and well-balanced. It displays notable personality, with the intense fruity notes that are typical of Chardonnay accompanied by appealing nuances of vanilla and yeast that linger for a long time on the palate

6 Ferrari Maximum Perlé Rosè £55.95

Zone of production: Trentino

Grape variety: Chardonnay & Pinot Nero

This is an intriguing and captivating Classic Method sparkling wine obtained from a premium blend of Pinot Nero and Chardonnay. Bright old rose. Elegant, with noteworthy finesse and fresh fragrance of hawthorn, blossom, as well as hints of redcurrant and fraises des bois. Dry, clean and refined, with a delicate background of sweet almond and of aromatic musk; especially long on the finish.

7 Gran Cuvée Brut DOCG Pas Opere` 2004 Bellavista £85.00

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: 62% Chardonnay & 38% Pinot Nero

Straw yellow with a sage hue with fine, persistent and vibrant pearlescent bubbles. The complex bouquet has intense aromas of flowers with peach, citrus, honey and hazelnut notes. On the palate, the wine is elegant, refined and soft, with a freshness and balance that emphasise the excellent quality of the fruit. Satèn will age well for at least five years from the vintage.

8 Ferrari Perlé Nero £85.00

Zone of production: Trentino

Grape variety: Pinot Nero

It is the challenger of the Pinot Noir in purity for a vintage Blanc de Noir extraordinarily different & proudly unique. This Pinot Noir, selected from the best vineyards, reveal the extraordinary vocation of the Trentino high hills. Golden yellow colour, rich, mature & powerful with a great complexity that ranges from fruity to mineral notes. For the palate, the elegant creaminess is surprising with a majestic & endless finale.

9 Giulio Ferrari Riserva £145.00

Zone of production: Trentino

Grape variety: Chardonnay

A star wine that goes beyond all expectations. Made exclusively from Chardonnay, it is spellbinding, satisfying & seductive. This Cru from the Maso Pianizza vineyard is a wine of extraordinary longevity. Brilliant straw yellow with golden reflections. Elegant & well-balanced with fruit aromas that is redolent of vanilla, acacia honey & fresh hay, combined with attractive floral notes. All of these sensations contribute to an overall flavour of great breed & remarkable persistence.

BIANCO

10 Verdicchio Classico Umani Ronchi 13.5% £23.50

Zone of production: Marche Carafe 425ml £14.90

Grape variety: Verdicchio Glass 175ml £ 5.95

Bright straw yellow with greenish highlights. The bouquet conjures up exotic fruit, ripe pears, hawthorn blossom and acacia honey. Soft and full on the palate with a refreshing crispness and luscious finish.

12 Greco Bianco, Cirò Librandi DOC 12.5% £25.95

Zone of production: Calabria Carafe 425ml £16.25

Grape variety: Greco Bianco Glass 175ml £ 6.50

From the homeland of Angelo, a delicate and elegant lemony nose and palate. Clean and well balanced with hints of peaches and honey.

13 Castel Firmian Sauvignon Blanc Mezzacorona 12% £26.95

Zone of production: Trentino Carafe 425ml £16.95

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc Glass 175ml £ 6.75

A fresh, invigorating nose of cut grass, elderflower and currant leaf leads to a dry, citrussy, but still quite rounded palate. This roundness alongside a delicately mineral finish is typical Trentino - this is an excellent marriage of grape variety and location.

16 Puiattino Pinot Grigio Puiatti 13% £31.65

Zone of production: Friuli Venezia Giulia Carafe 425ml £19.80

Grape variety: Pinot Grigio Glass 175ml £7.90

It is straw yellow colored with slight ash grey reflections. On the nose it has a fragrant bouquet, recalling vanilla and lime flowers. On the palate it is strong with a long finish.

18 Orvieto San Giovanni della Sala, Classico Superiore, Antinori 12.5% £38.95

Zone of production: Umbria Carafe 425ml £24.40

Grape variety: Grechetto, Procanico, local grapes Glass 175ml £ 9.75

The 'Superiore' denomination specifies that the yields per hectare must be much lower than for normal Orvieto Classico - the grapes are to be harvested only when in an advanced state of maturation, and the wine can be released only after the 1st March following the vintage. Lovely floral aromas with warm hints of ripe fruit. This is a secco (dry) with generous, rounded flavours and lingering long finish

19 Gavi di Gavi La Minaia DOCG Nicola Bersaglio 12.5% £38.95

Zone of production: Piemonte Carafe 425ml £24.40

Grape variety: 100% Cortese Glass 175ml £9.75

Bright straw yellow in the glass with an intense bouquet of peaches, acacia honey and broom flowers. These characteristics follow-through on the palate, with full body, incredible texture and a peppery twist. Simultaneously dry, fruity and structured.

14 Soave Classico Sereole Bertani 13% £28.95

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: Garganega

The nose opens up with sweet scent of elder and pear blossom and develops into apricot, pineapple and melon. In the mouth it is deep, mellow and very harmonious with a full body, soft and round mouth feel and a note of spice and oak on the finish.

17 Greco di Tufo “L`Ariella” D.O.C.G. Vinosia 13.5% £36.95

Zone of production: Campania

Gape Variety: Greco di Tufo

Straw-yellow in colour with a fruity bouquet of overtones of lime leaf, vanilla and apple. The palate is sapid, with a good structure and an elegant finish with flavours of white currant.

15 Shamaris IGT Grillo Terre Siciliane Cusumano 12.5% £29.45

Zone of production: Sicily                      

Grape variety: Grillo

A concentrated, sophisticated expression of Grillo, offering taut aromas of citrus and herbs, good density on the palate, and a lip-smacking, almost salty finish.

11 Bianco di Custoza, I Classici, DOC Linea Val Dei Molini 12.5% £24.95

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: Tocai Friuliano, Garganega, Riesling Italico, Chardonnay & Trebbiano

The grapes are harvested from 15 to 20 year old vines in vineyards located near Custoza. They are then fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks with partial malolatic fermentation. 90% of the wine is aged for 5 months in stainless steel tanks whilst the remaining 5% is aged for 5 months in 10hl barrels.A rich, full bodied wine with flavours of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits.

20 Leone D’Almerita Tasca 13.5% £38.95

Zone of production: Sicily

Grape variety: 43% Catarrato, 25% Pinot Bianco, 22% Sauvignon, 10% Traminer Aromat

Intense gold color. On the nose this wine presents aromas of apple, pears and banana. On the palate it has a full bodied rich and persistent flavors of tropical fruit and a refreshing acidity. Food matching note: Starters, dishes based on fish, pasta with light sauces.

21 Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Castello Montauto 13% £39.95

Zone of production: Tuscany

Grape variety: Vernaccia              

A single vineyard Vernaccia, 50% of which is aged in barrique before the blending. The result is a wine with an intense bouquet with notes of hawthorn and almond. It has a strong personality, a good structure and long finish.

BIANCO

22 Pecorino Terre di Chieti IGT Umani Ronchi 12.5% £39.95

Zone of production: Abruzzo                                                                  

Grape variety: Pecorino                                                               

An inspirational wine, one of the more monumental in modern quality winemaking from Abruzzo. Made from a very low yield which is only 10 years old vineyard of rare indigenous variety. Umani Ronchi has produced a wine of great complexity in which freshness is combined with a luscious richness of texture. The floral aromas are elegant & elusive.

23 Bramito del Cervo IGT Castello della Sala Antinori 12.5% £43.50

Zone of production: Umbria

Grape variety: Chardonnay

The baby brother of the iconic Cervaro della Sala is an exceptional wine in its own right, with a richly structured palate & aromas of apples, vanilla & toast.

24 Efeso Bianco Librandi 13.5% £46.50

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Mantonico

Made with Mantonico grapes only grown in Calabria. Vibrant yellow colour with a buttery nose, rich & crisp with a touch of spice & pears & a long finish. A structured wine with a smoky, woody finish – the perfect drink for wine lovers.

25 Plenio, Verdicchio Classico Riserva Umani Ronchi 14% £49.90

Zone of production: Marche

Grape variety: Verdicchio

Pale straw yellow in colour with golden hues. The bouquet is round, soft, fresh, with hints of vanilla and ripe fruits. On the palate, the wine is velvety, soft, rich and harmonious, with a characteristic hint of citrus rind on the finish.
 
26 Cometa Planeta 13.5% £59.95

Zone of production: Sicily

Grape variety: Fiano

Deep straw yellow in colour with a green hue. Intense and full of character, with integrated aromatic notes of citrus and tropical fruit, white peach, pink grapefruit and wisteria. On the palate it has plenty of character with elegantly mineral elements. The acidity is well integrated with the fruit, making for a harmonious whole which is without a doubt one of the finest examples of this variety to be found anywhere on the planet.

27 Braide Alte Livon IGT 14% £62.90

Zone of production: Friuli Venezia Giulia

Grape variety: Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Picolit & Ribolla Gialla

The grapes are harvested by hand in boxes, then steeped in a cold horizontal press for eight hours and the must is cleaned through settling. The fermentation takes place in new Allier Barriques at controlled temperatures of 14°- 16°C. When the fermentation is over, the product remains in the same containers to mature for about eight months at a constant temperature. There follows a further long period of refining in the bottle before the wine is distributed.Intense straw yellow colour. Complex and elegant bouquet with hints of spices. A soft, well balanced and thoroughly convincing wine.Tre Bicchieri, Gambero Rosso 2014.

28 Viogner Podere di Montelupa Giacomo Ascheri 14% £68.50

Zone of production: Piemonte

Grape variety: Viogner

Golden yellow colour with green hues - fragrant aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits and apricots with overtones of honey and spices. Full and round on the palate, with great persistence and a long finish, very complex right through to the finish.

29 Bellavista Convento dell’ Annunciata Franciacorta 13.5% £78.80

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: Chardonnay & Pinot Bianco

Tasting notes: This wine stand out for is finesse and elegance, making a second glass irresistible. Complex perfumes of dry flowers & vanilla are followed by a wonderfully balanced, intense palate with ripe apricot fruit & integrated oak flavour

30 Cervaro della Sala IGT Castello della Sala Antinori 13.5% £89.00

Zone of production: Umbria

Grape variety: Chardonnay & Grechetto

Cervaro della Sala which translate as “Stag of the Hall” was taken from the 14th century feudal owner of Castello della Sala, an Umbrian Castle which Piero Antinori purchased in 1940. This wine is one of the most awarded white wines of Italy, including the coveted three goblets from Gambero Rosso (one of Italy’s leading wine magazine). Vibrant aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple, pears & acacia flowers blend on the nose followed by a rounded palate with sweet hints of hazelnut.

ROSATO

31 Cirò Rosato DOC Librandi 13% £26.50

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Gaglioppo

Delightfully fresh with a delicate nose of crushed raspberries & ripe summer fruits which find their way into the palate to balance the crisp, light body & refreshing length, displaying the hallmark qualities of a fine blush.

32 Rosamara Chiaretto del Garda Classico Costaripa DOC 12.5% £29.95

Zone of production: Lombardia Carafe 425ml £18.75

Grape variety: Marzemino Glass 175ml £7.50

The wine of the knight, is a winemaking technique that requires the winemaker to be present for 24 hours, applying the tears method, which uses the core of the grape. The colour is pale candy pink. On the nose it is inviting, ample with a hint of mayflower. The taste is harmonious, fresh excellent persistence. One of the best rose wine from Italy and my favour.

33 Scalabrone Rosato di Bolgheri DOC 13.5%vol £28.50

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah

A distinguished rosé with a fresh, fruity nose dominated by raspberry aromas; well-balanced and elegant on the palate with a long finish of raspberry and rose.

DOLCE

34 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Tasca 11.5% 50cl Bottle £65.00                                                                  

Zone of production: Sicilia                     

Grape Variety: Malvasia

Mandarin-scented, spicy, extremely elegant Malvasia from the small island of Salina, north of Sicily.

35 Latinia Santadi 13.5% 3.75cl Bottle £61.00                                                                    

Zone of production: Sardegna              

Grape Variety: Nasco

An intense amber colour, with a delicate bouquet of flowers and honeyed fruit tones and rounded off with a slight oaky tones. Rich and mouth filling with a fresh clean length.

36 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC 16% 50cl Bottle £65.00                                                                                                                    

Zone of production: Tuscany                

Grape Variety: Trebbiano & Malvasia

Vin Santo has been made in Tuscany since at least medieval times & was probably named 'holy wine' because of its use during the Mass. The grapes are spread by hand on special straw mats in the appassitoio, a large, airy loft situated on the estate & left to dry until the end of December, when they are pressed. This wine has generous, complex aromas with hints of honey & dried fruit like apricots with a well-structured, pleasantly sweet & lingering flavour.

37 Aleatico di Puglia 14% 50cl Bottle £48.00                                                                                                          

Zone of production: Puglia                    

Grape variety: Aleatico

Crimson in colour developing hints of amber with maturity. Broad, rich, penetrating and showing maturity on the nose. On the palate, medium sweet with a good acid backbone, velvety and delicious with dried raisin characteristics reminiscent of Muscat.

38 I Capitelli Anselmi 12.5% 75cl Bottle £85.00                                                                                                

Zone of production: Veneto                                                   

Grape variety: Garganega

Made from grapes that have been dried for 4-5 month before fermentation this wine has spicy flavours reminiscent of baked pears, hint of apricots, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & hazelnuts.

39 Le Passule Passito della Val di Neto IGT 14.5% 50cl Bottle £62.00                                                                                                                  

Zone of production: Calabria                 

Grape Variety: Montonico

Aromatic & unctuous on the nose with plenty of dried fruit & grape aromas. Lovely spicy fruit combines with well-balanced acidity to create a sweet but not overly heavy palate & an attractive creamy soft finish to round off this wine beautifully.

40 Recioto della Valpolicella Bertani DOC 14% 50cl £62.00                                                                                                                

Zone of production: Veneto                   

Grape Variety: Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara

Ruby red colour with garnet hues; intense and persistent aromas; on the palate, full bodied, dry and velvety, with black-cherry flavour and dried fruit on the lingering finish.

ROSSO

41 Nero D`Avola Cusumano 14% £23.50

Zone of production: Sicilia Carafe 425ml £14.90  

Grape variety: Nero d`Avola Glass 175ml £5.95

A red of unmistakeable personality. Harmonious and rounded with intense aromas of jammy fruits and juniper berries. A ruby red colour, with bright intensity. Fresh winy varietals with good vanilla flavours. Soft and warm, with silky and sweet tannins.

42 Ciro Rosso Librandi 13.5% £25.95

Zone of production: Calabria Carafe 425ml £15.75

Grape variety: Mantonico Glass 175ml £6.30

Leather, cherry and violets dominate the nose. Rich middle mouth, with fresh acidity and tannins, good fruit and spice. A wonderful medium-bodied texture combines with superfine tannins. Finishes elegantly with nice fruit expression.

43 Valpolicella Superiore Zenato 13.5% £26.80

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella & 10% Sangiovese

The manual harvesting of the grapes is followed by de-stemming and traditional maceration for a period of 10 days in stainless steel fermenters. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is separated from the skins with gentle pressing and aged in 50/75 hectolitre oak casks for about 12 months.The wine has a ruby red colour, a delicate bouquet reminiscent of cherries and wild berries. The wine is full-bodied and dry with a velvety finish.

44 Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC, Camillo De Lellis 13% £27.80

Zone of production: Molise                                                                  

Grape variety: Montepulciano

Purply red colour that will develop to garnet with age. The bouquet is complex and intense with hints of blackberry jam. On the palate the wine is velvety and harmonious with pleasant, firm tannins.

45 Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva Mezzacorona 13% £27.80

Zone of production: Trentino Alto Adige

Grape variety: Teroldego Rotaliano

Complex, characteristic fragrance with a pleasant, ripe fruit aroma of prunes and blackcurrant. Full-bodied and well-balanced with a soft mouth feel.

46 Montepulciano D`Abruzzo La Valentina 13% £29.90

Zone of production: Abruzzo Carafe 425ml £18.70

Grape variety: Montepulciano Glass 175ml £7.50

First-class peppery Montepulciano, with all the exuberant fruit and spicy character of the grape, plus an extra degree of refinement from this excellent producer

47 Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva Candido 13% £29.90

Zone of production: Puglia

Grape variety: 90%Negroamaro 10% Malvasia di Lecce

Red intense wine made with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce. The nose has fruity hints of plum and spiced of vanilla. In the mouth it is smooth, velvety and nicely tannic.

48 Ruris, Fattoria Colsanto IGT 13% £31.80

Zone of production: Umbria

Grape variety: Sangiovese & Sagrantino

The grapes are hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures of 23 degrees on the skins for 15 days. Malolactic fermentation occurs with 70% of the wine in barriques & 30% in steel tanks. Maturation follows the same structure for 10 months with some in barriques and some in steel.A deep ruby red colour. Fruity with strong hints of spice and aromas of vanilla and cocoa on the nose. Flavours of blackberries, blueberries on the palate. Soft tannins and a long finish.

49 Lacrima di Morro D’Alba Colonnara 12.5% £31.80

Zone of production: Marche

Grape variety: Lacrima di Morro D’Alba

Intensive ruby red colour with violet hues. Typical hints of roses and violets on the nose. On the palate the wine is complex with a firm structure, round and fruity. The finish is dry and long.

50 Barbera D`Alba DOC Oddero 13.5% £31.80

Zone of production: Piedmont Carafe 425ml £19.70           

Grape variety: Barbera Glass 175ml £7.90

Purply red colour that will develop to garnet with age. The bouquet is complex and intense with hints of blackberry jam. On the palate the wine is velvety and harmonious with pleasant, firm tannins.

ROSSO

51 Tornamagno Marche Rosso IGP Colonnara 13% £33.50

Zone of production: Marche                                  

Grape variety: Montepulciano, Sangiovese

Ruby red with garnet tinges, intense and persistent bouquet reminiscent of rose and violet. The flavour is dry, velvety and harmonious with a slightly bitter tang.

52 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Cecchi DOCG 13.5% £36.50

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 95% Prugnolo Gentile, 3% Canaiolo, 2% Mammolo

The Cecchi Vino Nobile has a very intense ruby red colour tending towards garnet with age and the aroma has a distinct perfume of violets and sweet violets. The alcohol content makes the aromatic sensation ethereal and prolonged. In the mouth, the Vino Nobile is dry, lightly tannic which hints of vanilla and is beautifully balanced with a deep structure.

53 Orione Mornasco, IGT Cascina Gnocco 13.5% £38.50

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: Mornasco

A near-opaque, dense ruby red. An emphatic, incisive nose immediately conveys the wine's distinctive personality. Notes of red fruit (plum and cherry) and black (cassis) predominate, lifted by a smooth impression of spice and crisp hint of black liquorice. On the palate, its lively acidity offers perfect support to a superb structure. A delicious finish offers an intriguing hint of cherry stones

54 Rosso di Montalcino DOC Col D’Orcia 14% £38.50

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Sangiovese grosso

This Rosso di Montalcino shares the purity and concentration of Brunello but in an earlier-drinking, more accessible form. Thrilling strawberry and cherry fruit mingles with smoke and spice in this elegant, classic wine.

55 Chianti Superiore DOCG (1lt flask) Ruffino 13% £39.90

Zone of production: Toscana Carafe 425ml £18.25

Grape variety: Sangiovese Glass 175ml £7.30

A superb single estate located in Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico area. The bouquet is broad and persistent with evident notes of violets and plum. The taste is harmoniously dry, with a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Is has great power and an elegant texture. Lovely rich aromas of mature fruits & hints of vanilla with great balance and an elegant long lasting finish.

56 Duca San Felice Cirò Riserva DOC Librandi 14%  £39.90

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Gaglioppo

Beautiful ruby red colour with an evident orange edge to it, and a rich bouquet of spice and liquorice with a hint of tar. Medium bodied and well defined, expressing black fruit flavours alongside well integrated tannin and a dry finish.

57 Chianti Classico DOCG Castello D`Albola 13% £39.95

Zone of production: Toscana                                                

Grape variety: Sangiovese

A superb single estate located in Radda in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico area. The bouquet is broad and persistent with evident notes of violets and plum. The taste is harmoniously dry, with a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Is has great power and an elegant texture. Lovely rich aromas of mature fruits & hints of vanilla with great balance and an elegant long lasting finish.

58 Rosso di Decugnano IGT Decugnano Dei Barbi 14% £42.80

Zone of production: Umbria

Grape variety: Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Syrah

The best vineyards of the estate contribute to the creation of this fantastic wine. A meticulous vilification, a partial ageing in French oak barrels and a precise blending of the grape varieties, contribute to make an aristocratic wine, harmonious and elegant.

59 Morellino di Scansano, Fattoria dei Barbi 14% £42.90

Zone of production: Toscana

           Grape variety: Sangiovese

The estate & wine of Fattoria dei Barbi are among the oldest, most noble & most reputed of Montalcino. This has a brilliant & intense ruby red appearance & an ample, persistent bouquet with plum & red berry tones. The palate is full & generous, with velvety tannins & a long finish.

ROSSO

60 Malbec Vie Cave Maremma, Fattoria Aldobrandesca, Antinori 13%  £45.90

Zone of production: Tuscany Carafe 425ml £28.75

Grape variety: Malbec, Sangiovese Glass 175ml £11.50

A delightful, vibrant blend, with the spice and cherry fruit of the Sangiovese given weight and texture by the blackberryish Malbec.

61 Cagiolo` Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Tollo 14.5% £46.50

Zone of production: Abruzzo

Grape variety: 100% Montepulciano

Very deep ruby red with dark violet reflexes. Ripe red fruit, black berry and cherry, delicate spicy cocoa, vanilla, liquorice and cinnamon aromas. Full bodied, very persistent with long lingering and sweet tannins.

62 Ripassa, Valpolicella Superiore Zenato 13.5% £46.90

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: 80% Corvina, 15% Rondinella & 5% Oseleta

A close relation to Amarone, Ripassa takes its name from the ancient process of Ripasso, literally meaning repassed. After the Valpolicella is fermented, it is put into vessels recently vacated by the Amarone. The wine soaked skins and lees that remain in these vessels initiate a slight refermentation, subsequently increasing both the alcohol and body of the wine. Once passed through the skins and lees, the wine remains in the tank for 6 months and is then aged in small oak barrels for 18-24 months.Ripassa has a deep ruby-red colour, with an intense, persistent bouquet. It is a full bodied, harmonic and velvety smooth.

63 Macchiarossa Tintilia del Molise Claudio Cipressi 14.5% £55.95

Zone of production: Molise                    

Grape variety: Tintilia   

As recently as 2000, the Tintilia grape was not given its own entry in the Italian Wine Census, but DNA testing has since proved its uniqueness, and validated the efforts to cultivate it of growers like Claudio Cipressi. He tends sixteen hectares of vineyard in Molise, the little-known gateway to Southern Italy, and concentrates on Tintilia, with a few other varieties planted in smaller blocks. The viticulture is strictly organic, with certification awarded in 2014. Claudio’s perfectionism is expressed in the wines, which combine purity with grandeur – expansive textures grounding complex, exotic perfume. This rare grape variety gives a wine of real savoury depth, balancing rocky, spicy flavours against some black cherry and blackberry richness. Made with a delicate touch, it delivers power and freshness in equal measure.

64 Pinot Noir Jerman 13% £55.95

Zone of production: Friuli- Venezia Giulia                            

Grape variety: 90% Pinot Noir 10% Merlot

Fragrant, with rich blueberries and fruits of the forest on the nose, this is an elegant, round and velvety Pinot Noir with loganberry-fruit character and cherryish undertones filling out the medium bodied, succulent palate. It is the ideal summer red which will partner charcuterie and cheeses, as well as grilled salmon and any pasta dish; potatoes filled with ricotta cheese and butter; sausages with radicchio and charcuterie or smoked ham with grilled porcini mushrooms for example.

65 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Tenuta Tignanello Antinori 2011 14% £57.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Spicy hints of cinnamon and cloves, alongside oaky and piquant peppery aromas. A rounded, creamy, sweet and well-balanced palate is followed by an aftertaste of incense, balsamic notes and cherry.

66 Gravello Rosso della Val di Neto Librandi 2011 13.5% £58.95

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Gaglioppo & Cabernet Sauvignon

Gravello is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Gaglioppo, it was the first red from Calabria to win the coveted Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso. It is deep red in colour, with a powerful perfume of cedar and cassis. The palate is extremely rich and complex with blackcurrant and blackberry fruits married to tobacco, spice and great concentration. The tannins provide great structure to the wine but are supple and ripe.

67 Santa Cecilia Nero D’Avola Planeta 2010 13.5% £58.95

Zone of production: Sicily

Grape variety: Nero D’Avola

Deep and rich in colour, almost opaque with an intense nose of spice, chocolate and plums. On the palate the wine is well balanced with ripe, spicy fruit and a savoury character. The finish is long and elegant.

68 Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba DOCG Fontanafredda 2010 14% £65.00

Zone of production: Piemonte                                               

Grape variety: Nebbiolo

Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The palate is dry, but soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is engagingly complex throughout the lengthy finish.

69 Cresasso Rosso Veronese IGT Zenato 2008 15 .5% £65.00

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: Corvina Veronese

Ruby red in colour thanks to fully matured Corvina & Rondinella grapes. Cresasso has a distinct cherry nose, typical of the Corvina grape, with hints of red fruit & blackberry, moving on to more subtle sensations of stewed plums & jam. Soft & elegant on the palate with smooth tannins, a good alcohol content & a long finish.

ROSSO

70 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2008 Barbi 14.5% £65.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Sangiovese Grosso

Powerfully structured, this is an austere, warm, amply flavoured wine with a deep ruby to brick-red colour and a richly complex, dry, full and soft palate. A muscular, full-bodied wine with great richness.

10 “Philip” Toscana IGT Rosso Marchese Mazzei 2009 14% £75.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah & Petit Verdot

A wine of great structure, with a deep ruby-red colour. On the nose it recalls such as blackberries and redcurrants, along with mineral hints and nuances deriving from its ageing in wood. It is fresh tangy on the palate, with elegant but firm tannins.

72 Il Borro IGT Toscana Il Borro 2010 14% £78.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah & 5% Petit Verdot

Intense ruby red with purple reflections. Intense, rich and vinous on the nose with a complex bouquet of red berries, underbrush and sweet spices. Dry, full bodied, warm, smooth, luscious and well integrated tannins, intense, well balanced, very long and a pleasant finish.

73 Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Zenato 2010 16.5% £85.90

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella & 10% Oseleta & Croatina

The best grapes from the area are carefully selected and placed on racks to dry for 3-4 months at which time the grapes are pressed and the juice left in contact with skins for 15-20 days at controlled temperatures. The wine is aged for 36 months in oak barrels before bottling. Considered to be the king of the Veronese wines, this is a generous and pleasing award winning wine. It has a ruby red colour with deep, ethereal bouquet of tobacco, chocolate and smoky, dried fruit aromas. A rich, lingering and spicy palate with strong yet smooth and supple tannins.

74 Vanotu Barbaresco Di Pelisero Giorgio 2001 DOCG 14% £88.00

Zone of production: Piemonte

Grape variety: Nebbiolo

Barbaresco is a wine which demands attention and respect: for its prestigious history, which is the result of hard work, but above all on account of the splendid sensations it offers in the glass. It has a brilliant garnet-red colour, while the bouquet is complex, with ethereal, spicy overtones on well-balanced wood, intense vanilla, cooked fruit and cinnamon. Its deep, velvety and well-balanced flavour lingers on the palate, confirming the long ageing process which combines lavish nature with great technical skill.

75 Tignanello IGT Villa Antinori 2011 14.5% £120.00

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 80%Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

                A powerful Tignanello, the 2011 offers a combination of ripe, dark fruit and an underlying freshness, reflecting the vintage conditions. Plum and cherries mingle with mint and liquorice, creating a vivid, harmonious balance from the first impression through to the long, savoury finish.

76 Siepi Rosso di Toscana Castello di Fonterupoli 2010 14% £150.00

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

                A highly concentrated full-bodied wine with sweet and dense tannins, it features a unique and original character that is appreciated by wine lovers throughout the world.

77 Bolgheri Tenuta Argentiera 04 14.5% £345.00

Zone of production: Tuscany

Grape variety: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot & 5% Cabernet Franc

Intense and dark ruby red colour. The nose shows very complex with hints of mint, eucalyptus, liquorice and coffee followed by fruity flavours of plums, cassis, blackberries and cherries. Wine of structure, fresh and mineral, in perfect harmony thanks to sweet, velvet and large tannins. A lingering and intense aromatic finish with fruity flavours of plums. A wine that is both moreish and austere, never over-anxious to please, always seeking the utmost finesse.

78 Barbaresco SorÌ Tildin Angelo Gaja 08 DOCG 14.5% £690.00

Zone of production: Piemonte

Grape variety: Nebbiolo

Probably the best-known Italian winery in the world. It is a success story with distant roots, built on a long series of still extraordinary Barbarescos, crafted by father Giovanni and Grandfather Angelo. This Barbaresco Cru offers a nose of berry fruit enriched with hints of eucalyptus and resin. On the palate it is concentrated, with close-woven tannins, but delightfully soft body, ensuring balance and harmony. It is in a class of its own, and deservedly took top accolade on Gambero Rosso Guide.

Zone of production: Sicilia

Grape variety: Fiano

                Deep straw yellow in colour with a green hue. Intense and full of character, with integrated aromatic notes of citrus and tropical fruit, white peach, pink grapefruit and wisteria. On the palate it has plenty of character with elegantly mineral elements. The acidity is well integrated with the fruit, making for a harmonious whole which is without a doubt one of the finest examples of this variety to be found anywhere on the planet.

40 Viogner Podere di Montelupa Giacomo Ascheri 14% £68.50

Zone of production: Piemonte

Grape variety: Viogner

Golden yellow colour with green hues - fragrant aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits and apricots with overtones of honey and spices. Full and round on the palate, with great persistence and a long finish, very complex right through to the finish.

41 Bellavista Convento dell’ Annunciata Franciacorta 13.5% £78.80

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: Chardonnay & Pinot Bianco

Tasting notes: This wine stand out for is finesse and elegance, making a second glass irresistible. Complex perfumes of dry flowers & vanilla are followed by a wonderfully balanced, intense palate with ripe apricot fruit & integrated oak flavour

42 Cervaro della Sala IGT Castello della Sala Antinori 13.5% £89.00

Zone of production: Umbria

Grape variety: Chardonnay & Grechetto

Cervaro della Sala which translate as “Stag of the Hall” was taken from the 14th century feudal owner of Castello della Sala, an Umbrian Castle which Piero Antinori purchased in 1940. This wine is one of the most awarded white wines of Italy, including the coveted three goblets from Gambero Rosso (one of Italy’s leading wine magazine). Vibrant aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple, pears & acacia flowers blend on the nose followed by a rounded palate with sweet hints of hazelnut.

Rosé Wines

43 Ciró Rosato DOC Librandi 13% £26.50

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Gaglioppo

Delightfully fresh with a delicate nose of crushed raspberries & ripe summer fruits which find their way into the palate to balance the crisp, light body & refreshing length, displaying the hallmark qualities of a fine blush.

44 Scalabrone Rosato di Bolgheri 13.5% £28.50

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah

A distinguished rosé with a fresh, fruity nose dominated by raspberry aromas; well-balanced and elegant on the palate with a long finish of raspberry and rose.

Sweet Wines

45 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Tasca 11.5%  50cl Bottle £75.00                                                                  

Zone of production: Sicilia                     

Grape Variety: Malvasia

Mandarin-scented, spicy, extremely elegant Malvasia from the small island of Salina, north of Sicily.

46 Latinia Santadi 13.5% 3.75cl Bottle £61.00                                                                    

 Zone of production: Sardegna              

Grape Variety: Nasco

An intense amber colour, with a delicate bouquet of flowers and honeyed fruit tones and rounded off with a slight oaky tones. Rich and mouth filling with a fresh clean length.

47 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC 16% 50cl Bottle £95.00                                                                                                                    

 Zone of production: Tuscany                

Grape Variety: Trebbiano & Malvasia

Vin Santo has been made in Tuscany since at least medieval times & was probably named 'holy wine' because of its use during the Mass. The grapes are spread by hand on special straw mats in the appassitoio, a large, airy loft situated on the estate & left to dry until the end of December, when they are pressed. This wine has generous, complex aromas with hints of honey & dried fruit like apricots with a well-structured, pleasantly sweet & lingering flavour.

48 Aleatico di Puglia 14% 50cl Bottle £48.00                                                                                                            

Zone of production: Puglia                    

Grape variety: Aleatico

Crimson in colour developing hints of amber with maturity. Broad, rich, penetrating and showing maturity on the nose. On the palate, medium sweet with a good acid backbone, velvety and delicious with dried raisin characteristics reminiscent of Muscat.

49 I Capitelli Anselmi 12.5% Bottle 75cll £85.00                                                                                                

Zone of production: Veneto                                                   

Grape variety: Garganega

Made from grapes that have been dried for 4-5 month before fermentation this wine has spicy flavours reminiscent of baked pears, hint of apricots, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & hazelnuts.

50 Le Passule Bianco Passito della Val di Neto IGT 14.5% 50cl £52.00                                                                                                                  

 Zone of production: Calabria                

Grape Variety: Montonico

Aromatic & unctuous on the nose with plenty of dried fruit & grape aromas. Lovely spicy fruit combines with well-balanced acidity to create a sweet but not overly heavy palate & an attractive creamy soft finish to round off this wine beautifully.

51 Recioto della Valpolicella Bertani DOC 14% 50cl £62.00                                                                                                                

Zone of production: Veneto                  

Grape Variety: Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara

Ruby red colour with garnet hues; intense and persistent aromas; on the palate, full bodied, dry and velvety, with black-cherry flavour and dried fruit on the lingering finish.

Red Wines

52 Nero d’Avola Cusumano 13.5% £24.50

Zone of production: Sicilia                           

Grape variety: Nero d’Avola

 Fresh, juicy red from the Sicily's greatest red grape, Nero d'Avola: this is spicy, succulent and berry-fruited, with a hint of the island's wildness

53 Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC, Camillo De Lellis 13% £26.80

Zone of production: Molise                                                                  

 Grape variety: Montepulciano

Purply red colour that will develop to garnet with age. The bouquet is complex and intense with hints of blackberry jam. On the palate the wine is velvety and harmonious with pleasant, firm tannins.

54 Teroldego Rotaliano Mezzacorona 13% £27.80

Zone of production: Trentino Alto Adige

Grape variety: Teroldego Rotaliano

Complex, characteristic fragrance with a pleasant, ripe fruit aroma of prunes and blackcurrant. Full-bodied and well-balanced with a soft mouth feel.

55 Salice Salentino Rosso “Maiana” Leone De Castris 13% £29.80

Zone of production: Puglia

Grape variety: 90% Negroamaro 10% Malvasia di Lecce

Red intense wine made with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce. The nose has fruity hints of plum and spiced of vanilla. In the mouth it is smooth, velvety and nicely tannic.
 
56 Costasera Cannonau di Sardegna Argiolas 13.5% £29.90

Zone of production: Sardegna

Grape variety: Cannonau

A typical Sardinian red with a deep ruby colour and a palate brimming with ripe fruit and hints of sweet spice. Good acidity, soft tannins and a well-balanced, persistent finish.

57 Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano La Braccesca Antinori 13% £34.80

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 85% Prugnolo Gentile; 15% Merlot

Earlier-drinking than its big brother, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, this wine offers bright ruby colour, floral aromas and hints of black currant, a medium-bodied palate and a long mineral finish.

58 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 13.5% £36.50

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Prugnolo Gentile, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Merlot

Ruby red in colour with garnet inflections this Montepulciano has an intense bouquet with spicy notes typical of the Prugnolo Gentile leading to violet, blackberry & raspberry. The time in the barrique gives the wine an aromatic note as well as vanilla & coffee hints. This red is full-bodied & persistent on the palate with a noticeable tannic presence & an acidity that supports the general structure of the wine.

59 Orione Mornasco, IGT Cascina Gnocco 13.5% £38.50

Zone of production: Lombardia

Grape variety: Mornasco

A near-opaque, dense ruby red. An emphatic, incisive nose immediately conveys the wine's distinctive personality. Notes of red fruit (plum and cherry) and black (cassis) predominate, lifted by a smooth impression of spice and crisp hint of black liquorice. On the palate, its lively acidity offers perfect support to a superb structure. A delicious finish offers an intriguing hint of cherry stones

60 Achelo Cortona, Antinori 14.5% £38.50

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Syrah

An intense, deep red colour with a fresh nose filled with flowery aromas of violets & balsamic hints combined with red fruits like cherries, plums & blackberries. The palate is round, complex with ripen & sweet tannins & a nice fruity aftertaste with good acidity.

61 Rosso Conero Riserva “Cimerio” DOCG Moncaro 13% £38.50

Zone of production: Marche

Grape variety: 100% Montepulciano

Hand harvested from vines in the Conero area. The grapes are immediately destalked and soft pressed on arrival at the winery. They are fermented in small cement tubs, prolonged maceration period and aged for 18 months in small French oak barrels. An alluring wine with full ruby red colour, a bouquet of mature sour cherry and scents of violets with a vanilla finish from the French oak. Gentle tannins and a smooth, round harmonious palate.

Red Wines

62 Duca San Felice Riserva DOC Librandi 14% £39.90

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Gagliocco

Beautiful ruby red colour with an evident orange edge to it, and a rich bouquet of spice and liquorice with a hint of tar. Medium bodied and well defined, expressing black fruit flavours alongside well integrated tannin and a dry finish.

63 Chianti Classico DOCG Castello D`Albola 13% £39.95

Zone of production: Toscana                                                

Grape variety: Sangiovese

A superb single estate located in Radda in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico area. The bouquet is broad and persistent with evident notes of violets and plum. The taste is harmoniously dry, with a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Is has great power and an elegant texture. Lovely rich aromas of mature fruits & hints of vanilla with great balance and an elegant long lasting finish.

64 Morellino di Scansano, Fattoria dei Barbi 14% £42.90

Zone of production: Toscana

 Grape variety: Sangiovese

The estate & wine of Fattoria dei Barbi are among the oldest, most noble & most reputed of Montalcino. This has a brilliant & intense ruby red appearance & an ample, persistent bouquet with plum & red berry tones. The palate is full & generous, with velvety tannins & a long finish.

65 Cagiolo` Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Tollo 14.5% £46.00

Zone of production: Abruzzo

Grape variety: 100% Montepuliano

Very deep ruby red with dark violet reflexes. Ripe red fruit, black berry and cherry, delicate spicy cocoa, vanilla, liquorice and cinnamon aromas. Full bodied, very persistent with long lingering and sweet tannins.

66 Valpolicella dell’Anniversario Serego Alighieri Masi 14% £46.90

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara

Cool vineyards near the Lake Garda give wonderful richness & clarity to the flavours. The scent is intense with full aromas of all types of cherry – wild & cultivated, fresh & cooked – sweetened by spicy hints of cinnamon & nutmeg. The palate shows cherry & plum flavours with the softness & balance typical of a wine made using the double fermentation method.

67 Pelaverga di Verduno Giacomo Ascheri 14.5% £47.90                                                                                                                                                

Zone of production: Piemonte

Grape variety: Pelaverga

A light ruby red colour, medium body wine with elegant bouquet of red berries and flowers. Spicy with velvety notes of black pepper, it is delicate, harmonious and pleasantly soft. A Wine with charm, great balance and typicity

68 Cygnus Tasca d’Almerita 13.5% £49.00

Zone of production: Piedmont                                               

Grape variety: 55% Nero d’Avola 45% Cabernet Sauvignon    

A complex nose of red berries, mulberry, sour cherry, vanilla, coffee powder, eucalyptus leaves and tobacco. Rich, intense mouthfeel with a long finish.

69 Macchiarossa Tintilia del Molise Claudio Cipressi 14.5% £55.95

Zone of production: Molise                    

Grape variety: Tintilia   

This rare grape variety gives a wine of real savoury depth, balancing rocky, spicy flavours against some black cherry and blackberry richness. Made with a delicate touch, it delivers power and freshness in equal measure. The viticulture is strictly organic, with certification awarded in 2014. Claudio’s perfectionism is expressed in the wines, which combine purity with grandeur.

70 Pinot Noir Jerman 13% £55.95

Zone of production: Friuli- Venezia Giulia                            

Grape variety: 90% Pinot Noir 10% Merlot

Fragrant, with rich blueberries and fruits of the forest on the nose, this is an elegant, round and velvety Pinot Noir with loganberry-fruit character and cherryish undertones filling out the medium bodied, succulent palate. It is the ideal summer red which will partner charcuterie and cheeses, as well as grilled salmon and any pasta dish; potatoes filled with ricotta cheese and butter; sausages with radicchio and charcuterie or smoked ham with grilled porcini mushrooms for example.

71 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Tenuta Tignanello Antinori 14% £57.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Spicy hints of cinnamon and cloves, alongside oaky and piquant peppery aromas. A rounded, creamy, sweet and well-balanced palate is followed by an aftertaste of incense, balsamic notes and cherry.

Red Wines

72 Gravello Rosso della Val di Neto Librandi 13.5% £58.95

Zone of production: Calabria

Grape variety: Gaglioppo & Cabernet Sauvignon

Gravello is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Gaglioppo, it was the first red from Calabria to win the coveted Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso. It is deep red in colour, with a powerful perfume of cedar and cassis. The palate is extremely rich and complex with blackcurrant and blackberry fruits married to tobacco, spice and great concentration. The tannins provide great structure to the wine but are supple and ripe.

73 Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba DOCG Fontanafredda 14% £65.00

Zone of production: Piemonte                                               

Grape variety: Nebbiolo

Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The palate is dry, but soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is engagingly complex throughout the lengthy finish.

74 Cresasso Rosso Veronese IGT Zenato 13.5% £65.00

Zone of production: Veneto

Grape variety: Corvina Veronese

Ruby red in colour thanks to fully matured Corvina & Rondinella grapes. Cresasso has a distinct cherry nose, typical of the Corvina grape, with hints of red fruit & blackberry, moving on to more subtle sensations of stewed plums & jam. Soft & elegant on the palate with smooth tannins, a good alcohol content & a long finish.

75 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Barbi 14.5% £65.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Sangiovese Grosso

Powerfully structured, this is an austere, warm, amply flavoured wine with a deep ruby to brick-red colour and a richly complex, dry, full and soft palate. A muscular, full-bodied wine with great richness.

76 “Philip” Toscana IGT Rosso Marchese Mazzei 14% £75.90

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah & Petit Verdot

A wine of great structure, with a deep ruby-red colour. On the nose it recalls such as blackberries and redcurrants, along with mineral hints and nuances deriving from its ageing in wood. It is fresh tangy on the palate, with elegant but firm tannins.

77 Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Zenato 16.5% £85.90

Zone of production: Veronese

Grape variety: Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara

Considered to be the king of the Veronese wines, this is a generous and pleasing award winning wine. It has a ruby red colour with deep, ethereal bouquet of tobacco and chocolate and smoky, dried fruit aromas. A rich, lingering and spicy palate with strong yet smooth and supple tannins.

78 Vanotu Barbaresco Di Pelisero Giorgio DOCG 14% £88.00

Zone of production: Piemonte

Grape variety: Nebbiolo

Barbaresco is a wine which demands attention and respect: for its prestigious history, which is the result of hard work, but above all on account of the splendid sensations it offers in the glass. It has a brilliant garnet-red colour, while the bouquet is complex, with ethereal, spicy overtones on well-balanced wood, intense vanilla, cooked fruit and cinnamon. Its deep, velvety and well-balanced flavour lingers on the palate, confirming the long ageing process which combines lavish nature with great technical skill.

79 Tignanello IGT Villa Antinori 14.5% £120.00

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 80%Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

                A powerful Tignanello, the 2011 offers a combination of ripe, dark fruit and an underlying freshness, reflecting the vintage conditions. Plum and cherries mingle with mint and liquorice, creating a vivid, harmonious balance from the first impression through to the long, savoury finish.

80 Siepi Rosso di Toscana Castello di Fonterupoli 14% £150.00

Zone of production: Toscana

Grape variety: 50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

                A highly concentrated full-bodied wine with sweet and dense tannins, it features a unique and original character that is appreciated by wine lovers throughout the world. Elegant & well-balanced with fruit aromas that is redolent of vanilla, acacia honey & fresh hay, combined with attractive floral notes. All of these sensations contribute to an overall flavour of great breed & remarkable persistence.

Our History, Our Land and Our Wines

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and Italian wines are renowned worldwide both for their quality and for their broad variety. Italy shares with France the title of largest wine producer in the world, its contribution (about 45-50 million hl per year) representing about 1/3 of world production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in Italy before the Romans started their own vineyards in the 2nd century B.C. Roman grape-growing and winemaking was prolific and well-organized, pioneering large-scale production and storage techniques like barrel-making and bottling

Although vines had been cultivated from the wild Vitis vinifera grape for millennia, it wasn't until the Greek colonization that wine-making flourished. Viticulture was introduced into Sicily and southern Italy by the Mycenaean Greeks and was well established when the extensive Greek colonization transpired around 800 BC. It was during the Roman defeat of the Carthaginians (acknowledged masters of wine-making) in the 2nd century BC that Italian wine production began to further flourish. Large-scale, slave-run plantations sprang up in many coastal areas and spread to such an extent that, in AD 92, Emperor Domitian was forced to destroy a great number of vineyards in order to free up fertile land for food production.

During this time, viticulture outside of Italy was prohibited under Roman law. Exports to the provinces were reciprocated in exchange for more slaves, especially from Gaul where trade was intense, according to Pliny, due to the inhabitants being besotted with Italian wine, drinking it unmixed and without restraint. It was customary to mix wine with a good proportion of water which may otherwise have been unpalatable, making wine drinking a fundamental part of early Italian life.

As the laws on provincial viticulture were relaxed, vast vineyards began to flourish in the rest of Europe, especially Gaul (present day France) and Hispania. This coincided with the cultivation of new vines, like biturica (ancestor of the Cabernets). These vineyards became hugely successful, to the point that Italy ultimately became an import centre for provincial wines.

Depending on the vintage, modern Italy is the world's largest or second largest wine producer. In 2005, production was about 20% of the global total, second only to France, which produced 26%. In the same year, Italy's share in dollar value of table wine imports into the U.S. was 32%, Australia's was 24%, and France's was 20%. Along with Australia, Italy's market share has rapidly increased in recent years.

Vino per Dolci (Glass 125ml)

  • I Capitelli 2008 (12.5%) – £ 9.95
  • Dindarello Maculan 20 09 (11.5%) – £ 8.95
  • Recioto della Valpolicella Passito Masi 1999 (15%) – £14.95
  • Le Passule Librandi 2007 (14.5%) – £10.85
  • Morsi di Luce Candido 2006 (15.50%) – £10.85
  • Vin Santo del Chianti Antinori 2005(16%) – £13.85

Vino per Formaggi (glass 175ml)

  • Duca d’Aragona Candido (13.5%) – £ 8.95
  • Campofiorin rosso Veronese Masi (13.5%) - £ 7.85
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