2018 Italian Import Wines
Italian Imports have landed! We tasted hundreds of wines earlier this year, at the massive German Trade wine fair Prowein, as Vinitaly and in Italy itself. We tasted the wines at least twice overseas and then the shortlist of best wines back in Australia, eventually choosing just the 17 wines which are now in stock, everyone of which we can very confidently recommend to you. CA’ DE LION are a boutique producer who have been based in the Piedmont since 1655, making booze for the last 148 years. We’ve chosen to start with two of their brilliant Barberas both from Asti. These are exceptional examples of Barbera and we are delighted to be able to share them with you. CA’ BOTTA is based in the Valpolicella DOC region about half an hour from Verona and makes wine exclusively ...
- Alberto Bartali Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018$150.00Brunello di Montalcino (brown one of Montalcino), is made from 100% Sangiovese from the Brunello di Montalcino region, which along with Barolo, was the equal first Italian wine region awarded DOCG status, the highest available. It is considered one of the greatest wines on earth. Made from a local clone of Sangiovese, called Prugnolo Gentile, which is thicker skinned, more tannic and acidic than the sangio clones of Chianti and elsewhere in Italy, Brunello is prized for its intensity and depth of flavour and ageability. The Bartali is a full bodied and sense enveloping wine, packed with cherries, tobacco, herbs, spice, espresso, leather and more. Powerful, long, persistent and finished with robust but fine tannins. This is already exceptional and will age magnificently. Learn More
- Ca 'Botta Alta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2018Special Price $45.00 Regular Price $65.00A stunning Valpolicella made using the Ripasso method, or 'repass'. Highest quality, high altitude Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone are fermented on the pressed skins of an Amarone ferment, giving higher alcohols, colour and a good degree more complexity. Rich, dark and savoury, this beast offers cherries, chocolate, graphite, minerals, plum, blackberries and blueberries here, along with white pepper and cedar. A stunning red wine that pairs majestically with roast meat and ragu. Learn More
- Ca 'Botta Torcinato Valpolicella Superiore 2018Special Price $89.00 Regular Price $99.00Our 3rd vintage of the Torcinato, and absolutely the finest to date. This is a big and exceptionally well-structured and refined wine which requires at an hour in a decanter before drinking. It is powerful yet silky smooth, with intense red and blue fruits, cola, tobacco, blackberries, cherries and fresh thyme. Fruit is air dried prior to fermentation for 45 days meaning that 1.6 kg of fruit are required to make each bottle! Learn More
- Ciabot Berton Fisetta Barbera d'Alba 2018Special Price $50.00 Regular Price $65.00Ciabot Berton is based in Piedmont in La Morra, one of the finest Barolo producing communes. They also make Barbera, this one being an absolute stunner. Less than 1000 cases of this Barbera is produced annually, and it offers a red fruited nose, a dense and fleshy palate bedecked with black fruits, cherries and blueberries. It’s a big wine, worth having with a quality char grilled steak. Learn More