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Bianco Fiordaliso, Roccafiore, 2015 (Umbria IGT – Italy) - organic
Pricing: around €17.99
Available : specialised off-licences around the country including Mitchel’s (Avoca shops), Sheridans (Galway, Dublin and Waterford) and Donnybrook fair.
The Roccafiore Winery is situated in the Todi area of Umbria. It was launched in 2000 by the Baccarelli Family. The estate covers 90ha dedicated to growing natural and sustainable crops, including 15ha of vines. The estate also owns a countryside resort with an attached wellness centre and restaurant.
In Roccafiore, respecting the environment is extremely important and the winery has been a pioneer in Italy in choosing solar panels to generate its own electrical power. In order to reduce their carbon emissions, the bottles were designed lighter, only biofuels are used for tractors and water saving measures are in place.
From the very beginning, the winemaker Hartmann Dona decided to only cultivate native grape varieties and all the wines are certified “Green Heart Quality” as well as being organic (not certified).
The Fiordaliso Bianco is made of a blend of 85% Grechetto di Todi and 15% Trebbiano Spoletino. The maturation takes place only in stainless steel tank and bottle. The style is very floral (acacia, honeysuckle) with a hint of stone fruits and citrus. The palate is ripe, smooth yet incredibly fresh with a twist of saltiness on the finish giving it a really cleansing character.
This is a very versatile style when it comes to food pairings. Try it with some seafood linguini or some barbecued John Dory served with a light homemade pesto.
Temperature of service: 10-12 degrees
Ageing potential: 2-3 years
Vin de Savoir Arbin, Avalanche, Domaine Fabien Trosset, 2015 (France) – organic
Pricing : around €26.99
Available: Specialist off-licences including 64 wines Glasthule, GreenMan wines Terenure and Redmond’s Ranelagh.
I am very excited this week to speak about a red wine from the region of Savoie in France as it is a totally underrated wine region with some true gems to be discovered and enjoyed.
The estate Fabien Trosset is situated between Chambery and Albertville and the vineyards are planted on a south facing slope allowing for a perfect ripening of the grapes. The word “Avalanche” means “snow slide” in French and this wine is made from a grape called “Mondeuse Noire” which is the most emblematic red grape grape of Savoie.
The origin of the word “Mondeuse” is uncertain but one of the valid hypothesis is that it could come from the verb “monder” in French, meaning “to prune”, because Mondeuse Noire’s leaves often fall before harvest. Mondeuse Noire has some DNA parentage with the Syrah grape.
This wine has a beautiful, bright rubis colour with some purple nuances. The nose is racy, revealing dark berries and floral notes of violet punctuated by a hint of black pepper. The first impression is juicy but this attack leads to a more dense and structured palate. The mid-palate is vibrant and shows a great balance between some dark fruit characters and some savoury notes. The finish is long and lingers on dark mineral flavours.
This wine would complement beautifully a barbecued dry-aged ribeye of Cote de Boeuf served with some roasted bone marrow or some roasted duck breast glazed in honey, soy sauce and lavender.
I would recommend to carafe it 20 minutes before drinking it to aerate it. Serve at a temperature of 16-18 degrees.
This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared in good conditions for the next 8-10 years.