Firstly, thank you to everyone that purchased the French Syrah last week. As orders continued to roll in over the weekend, the wine is just shipping today and we appreciate your patience. Auspost orders will be with you by the weekend.
We also know it has been a tough week for many, as we get used to the new normal and the trickle-down effect of the Coronavirus impact as it continues to flow. This week we are sharing a pack of affordable, accessible, mix of Press favourites to enjoy over the cool Easter weekend. You might recognise that it touches on three of the favourite Press varieties, at nice entry point prices, all from the same (top notch) importer, Beaune & Beyond. The pack of French and Italian red wines hits at $178. If you order by the end of the day and are in metro Melbourne, we will deliver to you on Easter Saturday (with authority to leave). Interstate orders will leave Melbourne on Tuesday. We hope you enjoy, and that you're well and safe.
Querciabella Mongrana 2017 – Tuscany, Italy
Querciabella has been on a roll over the last few years. I can’t say enough good things about these wines, all of which merit your serious consideration. Querciabella doesn’t make a big deal about the fact that their vineyards are now bio dynamically farmed, but then again, they don’t have to. The wines speak for themselves. – ANTONIO GALLONI
Established in 1974 by industrial engineer and lifelong wine lover, Giuseppe (Pepito) Castiglione, Querciabella focuses on producing rich, elegant wines from native Tuscan variety Sangiovese, along with imported classic French varieties Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvigonon and Merlot. The Mongrana release is a combination of (50%) Sangiovese with (25%) Cabernet Sauvignon and (25%) Merlot. It is from the Tuscan coastal area of Maremma, outside of the Chianti zone and closer to the famed sites of Bolgheri.
The name Querciabella refers to the ‘beautiful oak’ forests that the vineyards sit alongside, and the now 100 hectares of vineyards are farmed along organic and biodynamic principles. The Maremma vineyards, planted in 2000, are close to the sea and on well-draining soils of silt, sand and gravel. The 2017 is one of the driest vintages on record, meaning yields are low and the wine is powerful and strong.
It is generous in its dark, savoury fruit, plump and juicy, whilst finishing a Tuscan tang, structure and freshness that will suit some dark meats, olives and red sauces. We recommend drinking young, but it will hold on for several years.
Matteo Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017 – Piedmonte, Italy
“There is a lot to like in these new releases from Matteo Correggia. I have been drinking the Correggia wines since my student days, and have rarely been disappointed, especially at the entry-level, where so many of these wines also deliver fabulous value.” ANTONIO GALLONI
We are in the small and under-achieving region of Roero, just outside of Barolo and Barberesco, though also famous for its Nebbiolo, largely due to the pioneering work of the late Matteo Corregia. In 1985, 23-year-old Matteo inherited the steep hillside land and farm belonging to his father, Giovanni Battista. In those years Roero was a promiscuous agricultural land and the wine produced was kept for families and friends; but as Matteo developed the family business, he worked closely with modern Barolo producers such as Altare and Voerzio, who taught him their approach and skill, and he applied this to his vineyards and winemaking.
Tragically Matteo passed away far too young, whilst working his vineyards in 2001. However, the wineries success and ethos were instilled and well established, and the family have continued in his footsteps, producing world class wines from an underappreciated region, using the classic Nebbiolo. To this day, the 20 hectares of vineyards are farmed organically, and Matteo’s wife and two children are heavily involved in the daily operations of the winery.
The Roero Nebbiolo is planted on fine sand, at 280 to 330 metres above sea level. The wine is a perfect introduction in to medium bodied, bright, fresh, aromatic Nebbiolo. It is focused on florals, red fruits, fresh herbs, elegance, juiciness and all together tastiness. It has enough of the Nebbiolo tannin but is more about supple red fruit drinkability. The alcohol reaches 14% but you wouldn’t know it.
Serve with ravioli, loads of Parmesan, or anything with some mushrooms. It will drink well over the next four years.
Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Villages 2017 – Southern Rhone, France
We’re finishing the pack with an exceptional but underground producer from Chateauneuf du Pape. A relatively unknown winery on these shores, whose vineyards are on the primed sandy soils by cult wineries Chateau Rayas and Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. The wine is a Cotes Du Rhone from Font de Courtedune who also makes a commanding Chateauneuf du Pape that is almost solely from Grenache, showing us that perfume, power and elegance are a focus and expectation at this winery.
The wine is from brother and sister team Frederic and Caroline Charrier, who favour minimal techniques in the winery, and ageing in concrete rather than oak. The wine is about complex perfume with raspberry and blackberry fruits mixed with dry florals, clove and pepper. It is juicy, earthy, sweet fruited, some meaty flavours and an underlying softness. The Cotes du Rhone is a steal, but if you fancy sampling their highly rated Chateauneuf we can source for you as well.
Eat this with a family pie, roast lamb, roast beef or just some sausages in bread, Again, age for four years max.