Cantina Tombacco Aglianico del Beneventano, 2017£10.95
Scarcely known outside southern Italy , but Aglianico is one of Italy’s noble grapes which ranks alongside Barolo in quality and why it is often referred to as the Barolo of the south.
A dark, deep ruby red with clear purple tones. This structured wine is complex with enjoyable hints of cherry and red berry notes, followed by a marked vanilla and spicy note. Elegant, warm and full-bodied, this wine has a good length and persistence that leaves an enjoyable soft sensation on the palate.
Cantina Tombacco Pecorino IGT Terre di Chieti, 2017£10.50
Don’t be fooled, Pecorino is not just relegated to a cheese!
Brilliant, with an interesting intense and strong yellow luster. In the nose complex with smells of exotic fruits and soft notes of spices. On the palate well structured with pleasant acidity. Beautiful fruitiness with mineral notes and a delicate explosion of fruit on the palate.
Cantina Tombacco, Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC, 2013£12.50
This wine comes from the Molise region of Campobasso and is composed of two local varieties Montepulciano (80%) and Aglianico (20%).
This wine is full, strong, with an alcohol content of 14% vol. It matures for at least 36 months in stainless steel tanks and then in 500 liters of tonneau barrels. Also suitable for archiving.With the smell of sweet spices, especially vanilla and cinnamon, in the taste of dark fruit to earthy in the end.
It's easy to see why this has become our fastest selling red since listing it on our website. And at just over a tenner, it is very easy to drink!
Cantina Tombacco, Salice Salentino DOC, Riserva Rosso, 2012£10.95
Appearance – Dark, intense ruby red with garnet nuances.
Nose – an intense pleasant scent, with hints of ripe red fruits, along with spicy, woody notes.
Palate – at first this has plenty of body and is velvety, warm with a round, full finish. An excellent aftertaste combines a pleasant jammy flavour with toasted and spiced nuances.
Perfect to accompany meat-based first course, ideal with roast meat including poultry and worth trying with partridge. Very interesting pairing with medium-mature cheeses.
This wine ages well, beyond 5-6 years.
Everyday Drinking Wines Mixed Red Case£115.65
A mixed case of easy-drinking, great value reds made up reds such as a soft, medium-bodied Merlot, a fruit bursting Primitivo and a well-made Shiraz. All guaranteed to be very quaffable and very good value.
The 12 bottle mixed red selection case includes a 10% discount. Here are the great wines inside the selection:
2 x Hunt Shiraz 2016 (RRP £9.95)
2 x Larrades Crianza 2014 (RRP £10.95)
2 x Piantaferro Primitivo 2016 (RRP £8.95)
2 x Minini “Tank 76” Nero D’Avola Sicilia Doc 2016 (RRP £10.95)
2 x Scuola Grande Amarosso ‘Romeo & Juliet’ 2015 (RRP £10.95)
2 x Pascal Frères Cotes du Rhones 2016 (RRP £12.50)
Piantaferro Chianti DOCG, Tuscany Italy 2016£10.95A pure ruby-garnet colour where the taste of wine is rounded, lush, clean, with a good balance, notes of chocolate and anise, with soft sweet tannins. The aroma of wine reveals sweet notes of ripe black fruit, raisins, cherries and red liquorice. This wine should be served with grilled red meats, cheeses and dishes from beans.
Piantaferro Grillo, 2016£9.95
Grillo is one of the most promising native Sicilian grapes, which is still grown with the ancient small-tree method at a density of 6000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand and softly pressed. The wine is pleasurably structured and one does not even notice its strength and alcohol content thanks to a splendid balance for a full-bodied wine.
This brilliant golden yellow Grillo is pleasant to taste with as the fresh taste of the wine shows a harmonious combination of acidity, mild alcohol content and persistent fruitiness. Calm short finish fascinates with its purity. Intense notes of ripe exotic and citrus fruits in the aroma of wine are accompanied by charming hints of spices and Mediterranean herbs. We recommend to drink with poultry, white meat, sea fish, seafood, soft cheeses, as well as with fruit.
Piantaferro Intrigo Negroamaro IGT£9.95
Intense deep ruby red in colour (almost black which is not surprising since its name, negroamaro, is 'the black bitter one).
The nose is mature black berry fruits and spices in particular coffee and cinnamon.
The palate is full bodied and rounded with an earthy richness with abundant plum, prune and dark chocolate backed with slight tannin to give texture.
Piantaferro Nero d’Avola IGT, 2017£9.95
The wine is full on the palate, soft, warm and harmonious. The velvety tannins are barely noticeable and disappear quickly, followed by some spice, balsamic notes and pleasant liquorice that creep on through providing a long welcome finish.
Piantaferro Primitivo di Manduria, 2016£11.95
An oaked primitivo It is a single varietal Primitivo, from a small vineyard parcel in the heart of the superior Manduria DOC in the heel of Italy. This is a fine example of primitivo: full-bodied, jammy with tones of chocolate and raisins. Really meant to be drunk young, those that love fruity wines will not be disappointed.
Piantaferro Primitivo, 2017£8.95
Primitivo, also known as Zinfandel, is a natural sponge-like grape, jam-packed with flavour after soaking up the Sicilian sunshine. The immediate aroma is sweet, with upfront fruit dark berries, raisins, black cherry and red liquorice. It is very round with aromas and flavours of chocolate and anise. Soft sweet tannins add to its lushness.
An elegant wine with spicy notes of green pepper blended mingled with blackberries and cherries followed by tobacco and vanilla from the oak. Upfront start with good depth of flavour and integrated tannin balanced with the inherent softness really make this an elegant syrah (Shiraz).
Scuola Grande Amarone della Valpolicella£25.95
Bright aromas of red fruit and forest berry followed by deeper tones of dark chocolate and liquorice. The wine is smooth and round with rich texture and well-proportioned sweetness on the finish.
Scuola Grande Valpolicella Ripasso£13.95
Aged in large oak casks, this fresh Ripasso makes good use of minimal wood intervention that comes forth as light spice and cinnamon. The core of this wine, however, consists of pulsing black fruit and mature cherry.
Scuola Grande, Amarosso, ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Verona, Italy, 2015£10.95
Toasted hazelnut and tobacco notes, followed by red fruits and cherry jam on the nose. Vanilla and spice opens up when in the glass. All which follow through to the palate with excellent acidity, warming alcohol and a long finish.