At the beginning of the year Paul took a trip to Italy to source some exciting new ranges for the shop and we would like to introduce the first to you. The Venchiarezza organic range is made by a young and talented winemaker Luca Caporale, whose wines are fresh and inspired. He is passionate about the quality of the grapes in his Friuli vineyards, an area cooler climate than most and shows a great understanding of how the varietals work best with the soil. They've also gone down a storm at the Friday night Wine Bar here in the shop!
Venchiarezza Sauvignon Blanc - A truly delicious Sauvignon, it's fresh and zesty with some passionfruit and elderflower alongside a sophisticated length and beautiful structure in the mouth, the limestone soil the grapes are grown on gives it the grown up minerality of a Loire Sancerre.
Venchiarezza Ribella Bianco - This is a beautiful blend of the almost exclusively Italian Ribolla Gialla grape alongside the international Chardonnay the delicate floral nose opens to a finely blended wine with light fruity style, with well balanced acidity.
Venchiarezza Refosco - A varietal native to Friuli since Roman times, this is a rich deep ruby red and has aromas of wild red fruits and berries. The palate also reflects this with violets, some spice and even flintiness, it is a powerful and elegant wine with solid tannin structure. Superb with rich tomato or meat dishes.
Venchiarezza Merlot - The cooler climate of Friuli brings out the sophisticated side of the Merlot grape with hints of red berries, sour cheery, plum and herb underpinned by rich toasted notes developed through part barrel ageing, this is a smooth , savoury and harmonious wine with an excellent finish.
They are all priced at only £12.99 and are really worth trying!