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A rose between two thorns

Pictured above: Cappella delle Brunate (Barolo Chapel) in La Morra

Formerly classified as Vino da Tavola (table wine) in Italy’s Piemonte region, leading producers like Paolo Scavino played a part in putting the cuvée on the map. DOC status was awarded to it in 1995, with producers able to label the wine as Langhe Nebbiolo. Famous for its aromas of rose petals, cherries and anise, we have a Nebbiolo on offer today which is flanked by two Italian reds from illustrious addresses, but which carry the simple IGT Toscana classification on the label.

Dear Reader,

The grapes for Paolo Scavino’s Langhe Nebbiolo are sourced from two single vineyards located in the village of La Morra, namely Bricco Manescotto and Annunziata. La Morra is in the very heart of the Barolo D.O.C.G. region, therefore these grapes are of declassified Barolo status. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks before the wine is racked to neutral oak casks to mature for ten months.

”…another terrific entry-level wine from Scavino.” – Antonio Galloni for Vinous.

This is the rose between two thorns. There are just 24 mixed cases available.

Great Domaines Felsina Fontalloro 2018 Toscana

Fontalloro 2018
Indicazione Geografica Tipica

95 pts. Antonio Galloni

2 x bottles

Paolo Scavino
Langhe Nebbiolo

Denominazione di Origine Controllata
91 pts. Antonio Galloni

2 x bottles

Tenuta San Guido
Le Difese 2020
Indicazione Geografica Tipica
88 pts. Antonio Galloni

2 x bottles

R 3,340
per six-bottle mixed case

Producers of the highly coveted Bolgheri Sassicaia, the Guidalberto and Le Difese wines from Tenuta San Guido have been steadily rising in stature as production is reduced in favour of quality. First produced in 2003 with the 2002 vintage, the Le Difese is the most junior of the San Guido wines and follows a trend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with around a third Sangiovese. The production follows the same method as the Guidalberto and following fermentation, the wine is matured for eight months in French oak barriques – third fill from prior use for the Sassicaia.

Chianti in Central Tuscany is a vast area divided into seven sub-zones, each one producing wine with Chianti on the label. One such sub-zone, Chianti Classico, stretches between Florence and Siena and includes just 14 municipalities: Fèlsina is situated within one of these municipalities – Castelnuovo Berardenga. One of the estate’s top wines is the Fontalloro, but it cannot be labelled as a Chianti Classico. The reason for this is that the Sangiovese grapes that create the Fontalloro come from vineyards straddling the border between Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi denomination. As the grapes do not come from one demarcated municipality, it is only permitted to be labelled as a IGT Toscana wine. The Fontalloro is aged in French oak barrels – for 18-22 months. Of the 2018, Vinous’ Antonio Galloni remarks that it is ”bright, floral and full of energy”. This single-vineyard Sangiovese is one of Tuscany’s real gems and well-worth having in your wine collection.

Paolo Scavino Tasting

Oremus (Tokaj), Pintia (Toro) & Alion (Ribera del Duero)

Paolo Scavino, Dolcetto d’Alba 2021
Paolo Scavino, Barbera d’Alba 2021
Paolo Scavino, Langhe Nebbiolo 2021
Paolo Scavino, Barolo 2018
Paolo Scavino, Barolo Carobric® 2018
Paolo Scavino, Barolo Carobric® 2015
Paolo Scavino, Barolo Carobric® 2013
Paolo Scavino, Barolo Carobric® 2004 magnum
Paolo Scavino, Barolo Carobric® 2001 magnum

Price indicated below includes all wines and a light meal

R 1,500 per person
The price includes all wines and a light meal prepared by Chef James Diack’s
Il Contadino

Limited to 24 people

Thursday, 16 March 2023
18:00 start
Great Domaines
2 Jameson Avenue
Melrose Estate
Johannesburg 2196

R 2,150 per person
Price includes all wines and a small three-course meal prepared by Harald Bresselschmidt’s Aubergine

Limited to 14 people

Wednesday 22 March 2023
18:30 start
Aubergine Restaurant
39 Barnet Street
Cape Town 8001