All things Italian . . .
Gambero Rosso is considered to be the most comprehensive and authoritative guide available for Italian wines, first made available in 1988. Some 60 wine tasters travel throughout Italy sampling an amazing 45,000 wines blind tasted. The top wines from each area arranged by type and year are then re-submitted in Rome for the tasting finals of which around 1,500 labels are identified as the best of the best.
The current Gambero Rosso 2015 Guide contains around 2,400 high level wineries and a huge 20,000 wines.
This year for the first time the International Gambero Rosso tastings were on offer in Melbourne and Sydney in February 2015, and I made sure I was able to attend. The Windsor Hotel offered a prestigious setting for this tasting in which 23 wine labels (60+ wines) were available for tasting supported by around 12 importers / distributors, including well known businesses such as Trembath & Taylor, Negociants Fine Wines and Alepat Taylor. These wines all had Tre Bicchieri status (3 glasses marking wines of excellence).
Standouts for me included the following by winery, wine and region:
- Ferrari - Trento Brut Giulio Riserva del Fondatore 2004 (Trentino)
- Famiglia Cecchi - Coeve 2011 (Tuscany)
- Cantina Terlano - A.A Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg Ris. 2011 (Alto Adige)
- Le Monde Friuli Grave Pinot Bianco 2013 (Friuli Venezia Giulia)
- Merotto Valdobbiadene Brut Rive di Col San Martino (Veneto)
- Ferghettina Franciacorta Pas Dose 33 Ris. 2007 (Lombardy)
- Vigne Surrau Vermentino di Gallura Sup. Sciala 2013 (Sardinia)
- Falesco Montiano 2012 (Lazio)
- Ermete Medici & Figll Reggiano Lambrusco Secco I Quercioli (Emilia Romagna)
- Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. 2010 (Veneto)
- Umani Ronchi - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Vecchie Vigne 2012 (Marche) *
- Cantina Di Santadi Vermentino di Sardegna Villa Solais 2013 (Sardinia)
- Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2011 (Tuscany) **
- Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2012 (Tuscany) **
- Tenuta Sant’ Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli 2010 (Veneto) ***
* = best white in the tasting
** = 2015 Winery of the year with two great super Tuscans
*** = best red in the tasting
It was a great opportunity to sample wine from the winery of the year, Tenuta Sette. In addition it was wonderful to meet Luca Famiglietti from Tenuta Sant’ Antonio, a winery yet to source an importer and distributor but with a range of wine very suited to the Australian climate and palate. The wines were clearly true to their variety and with hallmark Italian structure, but a little more generous fruit profile, resulting in wines easy to enjoy and not necessarily with food. I am aware this breaks from Italian culture, but consumers in Australia regularly enjoy wine without food. What this space for the arrival of Tenuta Sant’ Antonio to Australia.