Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wine: Italy's timeless classics

Liam Campbell

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

Italian wine
Italian wine
Suavia Soave
Fruili
Sartarelli
Ricossa
Roccapesta
Giotti Prosecco

The bottles below of the classic white and red wines from Italy are a shop window of some of Italy's most famous designer label regions.

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Like the best of styles, they remain timeless and above the pendulum of fashion. Try a few for the perfect fit. Saluté!

1) Soave Classico 2014, Suavia 12.5pc

Floral and intense mouth-watering palate of camomile and lychee fruit enlivened with grapefruit. Match with a local Venetian dish of slow-roasted chicken with mushrooms and a tomato sauce. Awarded by NOffLA as 'White Wine of the Year' 2015-2016.

€19.99 at Holland Fine Wine, Bray and in Dublin at Kelly's Wine Vault, 4 Vernon Avenue; D-Six, Harold's Cross and Next Door Stores

2) Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Margherita & Arrigo, DOC Friuli Grave 12pc

Classic sauvignon blanc aromas. Cut grass and nettle tea scents. Lively tingling taste of green apple skins and lime with a pithy finish. Serve with lightly grilled salt and pepper squid.

€14.79 at Marks & Spencer nationwide

3) Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2014, Sartarelli 12.5pc

Silky texture unfurling crisp fresh flavours with fennel and a little bitter almond. A friend to seafood, especially clams and spaghetti.

€14.99 at jnwine.com

4) Barolo 2010, Ricossa 14pc

Classic tarry rope bouquet. Concentrated and attractively austere and masculine style. Full-bodied with firm, mouth-drying tannins and lively acidity. Serve with meat to show its best. Good with rich feathered game or roast goose.

€17, reduced from, €22 to end of December at SuperValu

5) Roccapesta 2012, DOCG Morellino di Scansano 14pc

Named after Tuscany's Sangiovese, known locally as Morellino grown on the Roccapesta estate outside the beautiful medieval village of Scansano. Aromas of freshly brewed herbal tea. Very refined palate of black berries and cherry fruit. Enjoy with a rich ragú of pork and wild mushrooms.

€22.99 in Dublin at Wines on the Green, Dawson Street; 64 Wines, Glasthule and Jus de Vine, Portmarnock

6) Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010, Antolini Moròpio 16.5pc

Raisins and a spirity bouquet and palate. A powerful blockbuster and classic contemplation dry wine for sipping after a meal with some pecorino cheese and almonds.

€37.85 at Wines Direct Shop, Mullingar and online: winesdirect.ie

Value buy

Prosecco Frizzante, Giotti 11pc

Use a corkscrew to extract the cork. Pear fruity aromas and dry with a delicate mousse of bubbles lifting the orchard fruit flavours. Add a drop of Mr Jeffares Blackcurrant Cordial for a pink party wine.

€9.99 reduced from €10.99 until December 30 at Eurospar and Spar stores nationwide

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