In Australia now we are happily riding the wave of quality producers and wines coming into the country from Italy. An injection of energy, demand for authenticity along with a sense of place and interest in what we consume has helped drive a large part of the recent renaissance. Couple this with a new guard of young winemakers, established legends of the game and a revitalising and rediscovering of many indigenous varieties and there possibly hasn't been a more exciting time to explore Italy's wines.
Luckily here at Prince and for many of our customers Italian wines need no introduction. But like the changing of the seasons and the wine landscape as whole its always such a pleasure to discover and re-discover all that is great about Italy's truly diverse wine scene. As we like to do, we are offering up a great selection from the cool northern reaches, the heartland of Tuscany and right through to the bourgeoning southern coasts and hills.
From the north we start with a palate fresher of crunchy grigio from Montevento alongside the Coffelle and their classic peach and nectarine flecked Soave. Keeping it light and bright is the Lenotti Bardolino - think Valpolicella but in a much brighter, lighter and crunchier package. And to round it out the savoury and spicy Barberra from Barbaresco producer Rizzi.
Through to the centre and the delicious Tavignano Verdicchio with all its crunch and verve a mid-weight and fresh. For the reds, to start, we look at several expressions of Tuscans king of grapes, Sangiovese. First the Pandolfa Federico 100% Sangiovese, bright and playful as the packaging that contains it. Also 100% Sangiovese but Brunello clone is the Tenuta Buon Tempo Rosso di Montalcino followed by a Tuscan blend from bio-dynamic producer Querciabella and the lush Mongrana (50% Sangiovese and 25/25 Cabernet + Merlot). Last and touch east is the brambly and bright Terre dei Rumi Montalcino.
To finish we fly south and enjoy the ridiculous value Luccarelli Negroamaro. A wine truly of the warm south with its dark rich fruit and full flavours. And to finish the excellent Nerello Mascalese based wines from Tenuta Fessina Rosso and the hills of sunny Etna.