The Edinburgh Wine Club 

 Southern Italy – Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia 17 May 2018




Wine


Grape


Region


Supplier


Price


Comments

Ranking 1-3 and Best Value

1. Sella & Mosca

2016

11.5%

Vermentino

Sardinia
(DOC)

David Henderson Wines

£10.50

Fresh nose, hints of liquorice & tobacco, slightly oily.  Fresh & light in mouth, quite long lasting.


2. Mandrarossa
2017
13.5%

Fiano

Sicily
(DOC)

David Henderson Wines

£9.99

Sherbet & lemon nose.  Full flavoured, hint of lemon zest


3. Olli,Feudo Maccari
2017
13%

Grillo

Sicily
(DOC)

Drinkmonger

£10.95

.Citrus on nose.  Fuller bodied & sweeter than 2 previous wines; long in mouth; citrus & sharp apples.  Went well with the prawns & smoked salmon!

Best white

4. Sella & Mosca
2013
14%

Cannonau di Sardegna
(aka Grenache)

Sardinia
(DOC)

David Henderson Wines

£11.50

Black cherry & hint of tobacco on nose & palate.  Long in mouth, dry with slightly ashy or dusty overtones.  Tannins detectable but “firm & discrete” (unlike the host)


5. Apollonio
2012
14%

mostly Negromaro

Salice Salentino,

Puglia
(DOP)

David Henderson Wines

£13.95

Lots of descriptions – earthy, blackcurrant, leather, liquorice, chocolate, “tastes of sunshine”.   Long in the mouth; well-balanced with light but essential tannins. Overall 3rd at 11 points

3rd Best wine

6. Due Palme
Priamo
2015

14%

Nero di Troia

Puglia
(IGP)

David Henderson Wines

£10.50

Less tannin hence much more fruit than 5 but less complex.  Ribena, raspberries; jammy & then a hint of peppery spice


7. Boheme
2017
13%

Primitivo

Salento,
Puglia
(IGT)

David Henderson Wines

£7.75

Presented by the host as an everyday quaffing wine but went down surprisingly well!   Pleasing bouquet with hints of cedar.  Low tannin but well-balanced, forest fruits, sophisticated, elegant & “upfront”.  Overall winner at13 points but no firsts.

Best wine

&

Best value

8. Imprint
2016
14.5%

Primitivo

Puglia
(IGT)

Drinkmonger

£14.95

Hint of petrol & mineral on the nose.  Smoother, drier & longer in the mouth than 7 but less meaty.  More like a Californian Primitivo (= Zinfandel) than 7.


9. il passo
2016
13%

Nerello mascalese

Sicily(IGT)

David Henderson Wines

£13.50

Raspberries; very smooth, sweet and fruity but not jammy.  Suggested it would cut through crźme frŹche.


10. Mandrarossa
2016
14%

Nero D’Avola

Sicily
(DOC)

David Henderson Wines

£9.99

Well-balnced,  fruity; fresher and lighter than 9.  Close overall 2nd at 12 points from 4 firsts.

2nd Best wine

11. Baglio Gibellina
Passimiento
2016
13.5%

Nero D’Avola & Frappata

Sicily
(IGT)

David Henderson Wines

£10.25

Little on the nose but cherry sweetness on the palate.  No detectable tannins.  Described as “decadent”.


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