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Two Italian Reds from Procure

25 August,2017
The imported portfolio at Procure Liquor is diverse and balances the New Zealand wine selection very well. The overseas wines are selected for their authentic representation origin, as well as accessibility in style and pricing, thus appealing to consumers who have been brought up on a diet of local wines but wish to expand their horizons. Here I review two Italian wines from Procure, the Nero d’Avola a re-look from my last review of it in March, earlier this year, now showing it has improved, and a new vintage release of a Chianti. www.procureliquor.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Mandoleto Terre Siciliane IGT Nero d’Avola 2015

Other Red from Italy – Other

17+/20

Moderately deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues, paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly restrained with aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit along with suggestions of plums, with hints of spice, nuts and minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright and lively with stylishly restrained, but juicy flavours of dark-red cherry fruit entwined with subtly savoury spice, nutty and mineral notes. Rich, sweet plummy elements emerge and blossom as the wine flows along a light, structured line. The mouthfeel is fresh from crisp acidity, and the wine carries with good tension to a sweet, red-fruited, lively finish. This is a bright, lively and juicy Nero d’Avola with dark-red cherry fruit and hints of spice and minerals, blossoming in richness on the palate. Serve with antipasto, poultry and pork over the next 3 years. 95% Nero d’Avola and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards of the Fazio family in Fulgatore, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in stainless-steel tank and seasoned oak barrels. Winemaker: Giacomo Anzaldi. 17.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $20.00

Bright ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is tightly bound with restrained aromas of dark-red cherry and blackberry fruit, along with nuances of dark herbs and black minerals at the core, with a suggestion of smoke. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of dark cherries and blackberries along with subtle nutty and mineral notes. The fruit and mouthfeel is enlivened by crisp, slippery acidity, and underlined by light tannin extraction providing linearity. The wine carries with good tension to a light, nuanced finish of cherries and minerals. This is a tight and concentrated Nero d'Avola with restrained cherry and black fruit expression on a crisp, linear palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 3+ years. 95% Nero d’Avola and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards of the Fazio family in Fulgatore, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in stainless-steel tank and seasoned oak barrels. Winemaker: Giacomo Anzaldi. 16.5/20 Mar 2017 RRP $20.00

Ricatto Chianti Classico DOCG 2015

Sangiovese from Italy – Tuscany

17.5-/20
Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. The nose is softly full with up-front, bright and vibrant aromas of dark raspberries and cherries with notes of dark herbs, lifted by whole berry fermentation confectionary and floral elements. A little sour cherry and nutty detail unfolds with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated and rounded core of rich, juicy and luscious dark raspberry and cherry fruit, along with lifted florals and whole berry fermentation confectionary notes. The fruit is underlined by light, fine-grained tannin extraction, with fresh, lacy acidity lending energy and linearity. The wine leads to a fresh, aromatic, lingering finish. This is an up-front, juicy and aromatic Chianti with bright raspberry and cherry fruit, lifted floral and confectionary notes on a fine-textured palate. Serve with antipasto, tapas, lamb and beef dishes over the next 3+ years. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from ‘Figline Valdarno’, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged just over 12 months in seasoned 2,000 L oak casks. Winemaker: Frano Bernabei. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $30.00
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