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Poggio Anima Italian Reds from Procure

19 July,2018

Poggio Anima is a collection of 6 wines from 4 regions in Italy. It is a collaboration between Riccardo Campinoti, the Brunello Montalcino producer and Ronnie Sanders from Vine Street Imports of New Jersey in the U.S., and the aim is to offer honest wines which convey a sense of place and represent the grape. Poggio Anima translates as ‘Hill of Soul’, which embodies the character of the wine and its provenance. The wines carry distinctive labels, the whites with representations and names of religious archangels, and the reds of fallen angels, which are also interpretations of the style and origin. The wines are contemporary in style, but faithfully represent the variety and region so that traditionalists will be comfortable with them. The wines are imported and distributed in New Zealand by Procure. Here I review four Poggio Anima reds.


Poggio Anima ‘Asmodeus’ Sicilia Nero d’Avola DOC 2017

Other Red from Italy – Other


Dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with deep and concentrated, vibrantly lively aromas of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits along with plum notes and lifted floras, unfolding some black pepper and minerals. This shows excellent aromatic intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate has sweetly ripe, rich fruit flavours of blackberries, boysenberries and plums forming a soft, rounded heart. Dark-red floral and black mineral notes add detail. The flavours are mouthfilling and the mouthfeel is soft with supple tannins supporting the fruit, and soft acidity enhancing the roundness. The flavours carry to a soft, fulsome, succulent finish with some balancing grip. This is a sweetly ripe anrich Nero d’Avola with black fruits on a rounded, mouthfilling palate with supple tannins. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 3-4 years. 100% Nero d’Avola from Caltanissetta, vines 24 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 3 months in French and American oak. 5,000 cases made. 18.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $22.00

Poggio Anima ‘Lilith’ Salento Primitivo IGP 2017

Other Red from Italy – Other


Dark, even ruby-red colour with black hues at the heart, lighter edged with purple tints. The nose is very soft, full and broad, and deeply packed with aromas of very ripe fruits, showing black plums, black and blueberries and boysenberries, along with raisin and porty elements. This is very plush in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is succulently sweet, near opulent in richness and ripeness, with flavours of black plums, blackberries and boysenberries, along with subtle blueberry and raisin notes. The flavours are mouthfilling and the fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction lending grip, with some alcoholic power providing drive. The acidity is integrated, and the wine carries to a plump, plummy finish. This is an opulent and sweetly ripe Primitivo with black plum and blueberry fruit on a palate with fine structure and some alcoholic drive. Match with grilled and roasted red meats over the next 3-4 years. 100% Primitivo from San Pietro, vines 27 y.o., fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 10% new French oak barriques. 2,000 cases made. 17.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $22.00

Poggio Anima ‘Belial’ Toscana Sangiovese IGT 2017

Sangiovese from Italy – Tuscany


Fullish, even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with ethereal aromas of dark-red cherry fruit entwined with smoky and toasty oak elements, and hints of complexing minerally reduction, unfolding earthy nuances. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly rich, sweet-fruited core of ripe blackberries, dark raspberries and cherries. The fruit is detailed by some savoury earthiness and dark herb nuances, revealing oak toastiness. The fruit sweetness is balanced by grainy tannin textures with balanced acidity lending energy to the palate line. The flavours carry to a firm, sweet-fruited finish. This is a rich, sweetly ripe Sangiovese with blackberry and raspberry fruit and some savoury earth and oak toast notes, on a grainy structured palate. Match with Mediterranean fare over the next 4 years. 100% Sangiovese from Siena, vines 25-45 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., 90% of the wine aged in tank and 10% in Slavonian botti for 10 months. 7,000 cases made. 18.0-/20 Jul 2018 RRP $22.00

Poggio Anima ‘Samael’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2016

Montepulciano from Italy – Other


Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, slightly lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose is full and deep with concentrated and intense aromas of ripe blackberries and plums with dark raspberries and hints of boysenberries, unfolding a layering of dark herb and earthy complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly proportioned palate with intense and deeply concentrated flavours of ripe blackberry and plum fruit with dark raspberries, along with earthy and mineral elements. The deep fruit forms a positive, well-defined core and line which is supported by fine-grained tannin structure and grip. The acidity is integrated and the wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. This is an intense and deeply flavoured Montepulciano with ripe blackberry and plummy fruit on a palate with elegant structure and proportion. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 4-5+ years. 100% Montepulciano from Chieti, vines 22 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in tank. 3,000 cases made. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $22.00

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