Heron’s Flight Matakana Dolcetto 2014 $60

Ultra-glossy in the glass, this tiny little outfit in Matakana specialise in inky-dark, Italian reds, sangiovese and dolcetto.  Only 100 cases were produced of this brightly fruited, herb-heavy wine, bursting with boysenberries, black olive, leather and a tweak of tobacco.  Fresh, tantalisingly toasty and boasts a deliciously chewy finish. Sip with: Pork cheek ragu on […]

Caldora Sangiovese IGT

Caldora Sangiovese IGT $25 ★★★★ As soon as you begin pouring this wine into your glass, you’ll find people across the room will lift their noses and begin floating in your direction.  The aromas are so powerfully sweet and spicy.  Ripe plums, black cherry, boysenberry, pepper and chocolate-covered liquorice – it’s all here.  Fresh and […]

Banfi Col Di Sasso Toscana Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Banfi Col Di Sasso Toscana Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $16 ★★★ The words ‘Col Di Sasso’ translate to ‘Stony Hill’, which describes the site of the steep, rocky slope in which the fruit for this wine grows in the Montalcino region of Italy.  It’s like someone took a handful of ripe, squishy raspberries, rubbed them […]

Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscano 2011

Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscano 2011 $22 ★★★ A lighter style of red that’ll appeal to those who like a soft, savoury edge to their reds, this Italian quaffer has a flick of dried herbs, gentle meaty notes and a smooth, easy-to-drink style.  www.blackmarket.com  

Fantini Farnese Sangiovese 2013

Fantini Farnese Sangiovese 2013 $19 ★★★½ Prepare yourself for really unusual aromas of smoky ham hock, vanilla, nutmeg and pepper, which all merge into a rich, leathery palate.  Smooth and savoury, it’s an interesting, meaty sip sourced from Italy.  www.atouchofitaly.co.nz

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