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Hieron Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Piccini Chianti 2015

29 June,2017
As a veteran of the New Zealand wine scene, Paul Wai Poi has a strong ability to niche-market wines, especially those which offer very good value. Paul has contacts with producers and brokers both overseas and within New Zealand, and has the good relationship to source and target wines for different channels. This is much more difficult that it may seem, so shows Paul’s skills and experience developed over the decades. Here, I review two Italian reds destined for up-market FMCG channels. For availability, contact Paul Wai Poi on Tel: 09 360-2854


Hieron Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2015

Montepulciano from Italy – Other

Very dark, deep, black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the edge with slight garnet hues. This has a light, gently voluminous nose with aroma of dark-red berry fruits entwined with cooler spectrum herbal notes along with a little stalk and leaf, unveiling a fine core of black minerals, and earthy, somewhat rustic and robust elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is light-medium bodied with light flavours of savoury red berry fruit intermixed with cooler spectrum herb and leaf notes. The flavours form a rounded core with soft, supple tannin extraction in support and integrated acidity. The wine carries to a light, berried, herbal and earthy flavoured finish. This is a light Montepulciano with savoury berry fruit along with cooler herb and leafy notes on a supple, rounded palate. Serve with pasta, pizza and risotto over the next 2-3 years. 100% Montepulciano fermented to 12.5% alc. 16.0/20 Jun 2017 RRP $14.95

Piccini Chianti DOCG 2015

Blended Red from Italy – Tuscany

Full, dark, deep ruby-red with black hues and lighter garnet on the rim. The nose is soft, light and harmoniously melded with aromas of sweetly ripe blackberry, black cherry and raspberry fruit with notes of boysenberries, underlined by some savoury earth and cedary oak-like elements. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses sweetly ripe and vibrant fruit flavours of dark raspberries along with black cherries and nuances of boysenberries. The mouthfeel is lively and fresh with light, grainy tannin structure and fresh, integrated acidity. The wine has good energy and vitality and carries to a concentrated, lingering finish with taut blackberry and raspberry fruit nuances. This is a fresh, vibrant, lively Chianti with bright dark raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit on a grainy, lively palate. Match with antipasto, pasta and barbecued fare over the next 2-3 years. A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Ciliegiolo and 5% Canaiolo, fermented to 13.5% alc. Winemaker: Antonella Conti. 16.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $17.50
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