2017 Rosso Le Casematte

Grapes Nocera, Nerello Mascalese
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Sicily
Other Organic
District IGP Terre Sicilliane
ABV 13.5%

70% Nerello Mascalese. 30% Nocera aged in 1st and 2nd year use French Oak Tonneaux for 6 months. Gorgeously aromatic, pepper, violets, herbs and cherry skins, blackberry and raspberry, really generous. The palate has tang and grip, juicy fruit, cherry, cranberry and blackberry. Rich tannins, bright sappy acid, then herbs come through on the finish with a touch of pepper. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Jun 2020)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

Gorgeous lifted nose of sour cherry, tamarind, dark spice and earth. Succulent fruit palate with soft, rustic tannins. Charmingly walks the line between polished Pinot Noir and softer Rhone-like reds. This is a great, sophisticated everyday wine with real character from an enchanting corner of Sicily. Etna charm at half the price! Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 17 Walter Speller, 2020)

This has some fascinating, garnacha-like aromas with burnt orange peel, freshly squeezed lemons, cranberries and glazed cherries and hazelnuts. Despite the initial aromatic impression, the palate is deeply serious with a firm, steely backbone of tannins and vibrant acidity. Loads of citrus undertones. So mouthwatering and tangy. Superb. Drink now. Rating: 94 James Suckling, 2019)

Le Casematte

There can't be too many wine estates named after WWII gun emplacements, but the three concrete casemattes among the vines designed to protect the Strait of Messina have indeed inspired the name of Le Casematte - "a place where grapevines have supplanted death" they say on their web-site, probably quite profound. Le Casematte was founded in 2008 by former footballer Andrea Barzagli and accountant Gianfranco Sabbatino. The vines are in the north of Sicily, with vineyards rising to 500m above sea-level, and northerly exposures helping to mitigate the southern sun-shine. They are committed to organic farming.


We are so proud of our incredible selection of Italian wines, that the real difficulty has been curbing our enthusiasm and creating just one sensible case for Christmas! You'll find here six extraordinary reds, from Top to Toe of the 'boot' and even a gem from Sicily too.

A gorgeous diversity of styles, intrinsically Italian yet these wines will satisfy lovers of Claret and wines from the Rhone valley too. This is a brilliant introduction to what is happening across Italy - such an exciting place a the moment for top quality, exciting winemaking - at very sensible prices. Add a little Italian flair to proceedings this Christmas. This year more than ever, we all need to start tasting la Dolce Vita!

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