“Attractive golden colour, with an intense nose characterised by ripe peach and citrus rind. This is concentrated, with an oily texture. Acidity and alcohol have retreated into the background slightly and some faint, attractive notes of oxidisation creep through to deliver a succulent but mellow wine. An excellent accompaniment to blue sheep’s cheese or sweet pastries.”
“Simple but pleasant aroma of apple and pair. Well balanced, fragrant. Modest weight to it, and certainly a good, approachable expression of Falanghina Beneventana. Clean finish, with very faint notes of almond.”
“Golden colour, but by no means tired. Abundant citrus fruit, faintly candied. Attractive notes of broom and yellow flowers. This feels sweeter than other vintages; it’s ripe with lots of tropical notes. There is plenty of complexity though. Sweet brioche notes. A viscous, polished feel. Some sense of oxidisation but still deliciously fresh.”
“Gives an attractive, modestly aromatic nose of citrus - notably golden apple, pear and some kiwi. Well balanced, with refreshing acidity, it offers mellow yellow fruit notes on the palate. Finishes smooth, and persistent.”
Cantine Due Palme is the biggest winery in Puglia, producing around twenty million bottles per year. Although the majority is bulk wine, the top range of Salice Salentino wines are amongst the best in the region.
Pietracupa is a small estate in Campania run by the talented Sabino Loffredo, who is quickly developing a reputation for producing high quality Greco di Tufo. The vineyards, which cover about seven and a half hectares can be found as high as 800m and boast loamy, calcareous soils. Producing only around 50,000 bottles a year, they are one of the wineries to watch in Campania.
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe is a family owned winery in the heart of Irpinia in Campania. The estate is best known for the cultivation of Falanghina Beneventana and the production of a range of the region’s classic appellation wines, notably the red Taurasi.
Joaquin has crafted an almost cult like celebrity amongst fans of southern Italian reds. The famous Taurasi ‘Buona Morte’ Riserva comes from 200 year old Aglianico vines in the small village of Paternopoli.
Tenuta Scuotto is an extremely exciting producer based in the Irpinian village of Lapio, home of Fiano di Avellino. The family estate is run by father and son Eduardo and Adolfo Scuotto and along with experienced winemaker Angelo Valentino, they have been steadily improving the quality of their wines in recent years.