Keeping It Cool - MIXED II
In this second mixed set we offer a super light and super fun red, a super crisp and linear Sicilian white, and a refined medium/light spicy aged red from Slovakia.
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(Sicily, Italy) Valdibella - Isolano 2019
A crisp and precise white made from Catarratto Extra Lucido, a mutation of the local Catarratto variety. It has a lovely soft herbal aromatic, a lean body and crisp finish with a touch of salinity. The perfect accompaniment to seafood or curries. Made by the team at Valdibella, an impressive and inspiring cooperative based in Sicily's west who have a huge focus on biodiverse farmlands, an active social impact, and are part of the Addiopizzo anti-mafia movement.
(Conca de Barberà, Spain) Lectores Vini - Pomagrana 2019
The ultimate summer red. Super super light, more like a deep rosé perhaps, and meant to be enjoyed chilled. Made entirely from the Trepat variety, known for mouthwatering freshness, very little colour, and hardly any structure. This wine is a juice bomb reminiscent of cranberry and pomegranate juice. Lectores Vini is a collaborative project between Fredi Torres and Marc Lecha, seeking to showcase pure expressions of the Montsant region along with Priorat and Conca de Barbera, all located in Catalunya.
(Hlohovec, Slovakia) Slobodne - Partisan Cru 2015
A lovely red blend of local varieties from Slovakia (Blaufränkisch, Cabernet, and Alibernet). The three varieties are aged separately in old oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. It has now been aging for three years in bottle and is nearing its drinking peak. Stunning black fruits and sweet spices in a lean, medium/light body. A refined and accessible wine but with its own distinct features. We are very excited to be able to offer out the last few cases of this sought-after vintage. Slobodne are a fascinating family-run winery going back to the early 20th century. They rebuilt their farm over the past 25 years following a 50-yr break due to the hardships of WWII and then 40 years of communism. Now run by two sisters and their two partners, they are making some of the most exciting skin-contact wines around today.