Such is the diversity of Italian wine, we could easily have come up with a mixed pallet, rather than a mixed case, but we decided to stick mainly to the classics, with a couple of glorious surprises thrown in. For the whites, we have chosen the ever-popular Gavi from Piedmont; it’s near neighbour; the rare and exciting Timorasso, and a sensational Sicilian Grillo with a remarkable story. For the reds, we have chosen a Chianti and a Barolo to showcase Sangiovese and Nebbiolo; Italy’s noble varieties, and a wonderful Valpolicella which will astound anyone who has only tried the bulk-produced wine.
Gavi Rinaldi 2018
The fresh stone fruit flavours of Gavi’s Cortese grape have taken the world by storm. This example is from Barolo legend Francesco Rinaldi.
Terlaner Classico 2019
A unique blend of Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay which combine superbly to create a wonderfully fresh peachy nose and palate but with complex minerality.
Rocce Di Pietra Longa Grillo Centopassi 2018
From a unique project which vinifies grapes from vineyards confiscated from Sicilian Mafiosi. A very fine elegant Grillo.
Chianti Classico Montemaggio 2013
Our favourite Chianti producer excels in warmer vintages, where her high altitude vineyards retain the Sangiovese grapes’ natural acidity.
Barolo Cabutto Tenuta La Volta 2014
Not a barrique in sight for this ultra-traditional Barolo; just the Nebbiolo’s trademark tar, roses and wonderfully fine tannins.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ca dei Maghi 2015
Forget the mass-produced stuff; this is real Valpolicella. Powerful, structured, but with the glorious fruit that makes it so moreish.