Wednesday, 29 October 2014

#WineWednesday: Theatre of Wine's Italian Beast...

Boo! Sniff! It's the last instalment from our amazing October Wine Shop of the Month, Theatre of Wine! They've delighted us with delectable bottles to try over the last four weeks and we now have quite the shopping list for our next trip to their London shops.
We hope you've enjoyed their suggestions - check back next week for a brand new Wine Shop of the Month

For now, here's Jason at Theatre of Wine's final recommendation for #WineWednesday...

Gioia al Negro Nerulum 2008, Italy - £13.40

A treat for lovers of full-bodied Italian reds, this week's recommendation comes from Basilicata in southern Italy and is made from the Aglianico grape.

More famous in the classic region of Taurasi - although that isn't saying much unless you're already an Italian wine specialist - this variety has often been described as producing the Barolos of the south, and with good cause since the wines are densely flavoured, aromatic and rich in acidity and tannin, with serious ageing potential.

The small Gioia al Negro winery is situated 600m above sea level in the Diano valley near the town of Lagonegro, and this particular cuvee is the estate's flagship wine. Aged for eight months in oak barrels and a further six in the bottle before release, the 2008 vintage explodes with earthy paprika, liquorice, fruitcake and a hint of balsamic reduction. 

A brilliant partner to oxtail in mustard sauce and a real hidden gem that's cracking value for money - just the way we like them!

Finally, before we sign off, if you've enjoyed these October recommendations please do email us to sign up to our mailing list and stay in touch with our tastings, and receive our Christmas 2014 offer which will include all the wines recommended this month and more, with up to 15% off for the festive season

And if you're ever in our neighbourhood, please drop in as there are hundreds more bottles like these in our shops...

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