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This Italian pink's healthy cherry-coloured hue shows it has been made with sun-ripened fruit. The full dry flavour is a great match for ripe tomato salads and grilled seafood and many Mediterranean dishes.
Product Code: IT27221
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Basking in the balmy, Adriatic-cooled microlimate of the Salento peninsula in Puglia, on Italy’s heel, Agricole Vallone is a large, multi-tasking agricultural concern, with 170 hectares of vines interspersed with other crops, mostly olive trees, artichokes and vegetables. It was founded in 1934, but like others at the time, sold grapes to the local co-operative. It was only in the late 1990s that it began bottling its own wines, but it quickly made its name with its flagship wine, Graticciaia, a partially barrel-aged red made largely from negromaro grapes dried on mats (graticci) in the Autumn sunshine. Designated IGT Salento, this is a very special wine with powerful, concentrated flavours that ages beautifully. For more informal drinking, DOC Brindisi Rosso and its rosato equivalent from the Flaminio estate are hugely popular with members.
In ancient times this was the main source of high-quality wines from the peninsula of Italy The Greeks had introduced viniculture through their colonies there and named the bottom half of the peninsula ‘Oenotrai’ or land of wine, and the Romans expanded on the tradition, particularly in the Campania where many wealthy citizens owned vast estates and some of the most famous wines of the empire were made, such as Falernum. Some grape names appear to reflect the Greco-Roman influence (greco, aglianico), though this may be more about folk-memory than fact as there is no ampelographical evidence linking these varieties to any Greek ancient forbears. Campania itself is the area around Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Naturally there are volcanic soils in the vicinity and as the vineyards climb the Apennines there is altitude to cool the grapes as they ripen. As such there is a balancing freshness to the fruity wines. Greco di Tufo, fiano (especially from Avellino) and falanghina are among the best white wines, characterful and perfumed. Of the red varieties it is aglianico that makes the most impressive examples on the volcanic soils of Taurasi, though there is potential promised and realized in other varieties like piedirosso. There are excellent aglianico wines from Basilicata, the once impoverished region on the instep of the Italian boot. Inland on the border with Puglia, round the extinct volcano of Monte Vulture, the aglianico grape performs admirably to produce powerful ageworthy red wines that retain a thread of finesse. Calabria is the toe of the boot, and another region of limited economic development in recent decades. From one end of the province to the other mountains form a spine and, unlike in Campania, the vineyards producing the best wines are on the flat. In particular the DOC of Cirò on the Gulf of Taranto in the east of the province produces perfumed red wines from the indigenous gaglioppo grape.Across the Apennines on the Adriatic coast lies Puglia, a region that has begun to overcome a longstanding reputation for producing wines for bulk export but is now producing a range of fascinating good-value red wines from varieties like negroamaro, primitivo (aka zinfandel in California) and uva di troia. In the right hands all of them are capable of making very fine wines with plenty of ripe fruit, concentration and structure but without the overpowering alcohols that a hot climate and indifferent winemaking once routinely produced. They are also often excellent value. Puglia is largely flat, almost table-like lacking the softening effects of altitude must rely on the air conditioning of the sea and the skill of the winemaker to make balanced wines. Vines are consistently bush trained to retain shade and moisture. The best wines come from the Salento peninsula where the sea is on three sides and the best producers reside. Full-bodied negroamaro from Brindisi and Copertino and primitivo from soils underpinned by limestone in Manduria can be excellent Whites tend to be greco, fiano and minutolo, and there are some well-flavoured rosé wines as a speciality of the region. Whites too are now catching up in quality.Sicily has shown itself to be one of the most forward thinking Italian regions in recent years, with an awakening pride in the quality that can be achieved on this hot, socially complex and culturally saturated island. Sicily was once famous for the fortified Marsala wines that Nelson bought to victual his Mediterranean fleet, but as this fame and the sales that went with it dwindled many producers recognised that there was a need to produce table wines of greater quality. Bulk wine still leaves the island in tankers but there has been something of a revolution in viticulture and viniculture and Sicily now produces some of Italy’s best and most interesting wines. Nero d’Avola has been a conspicuous success, and makes everything from fruity entry-level reds to powerful, ripe and structured reds that can age and is often a major component in high-quality blends with syrah, cabernet and merlot. Mount Etna is a source of fine reds and whites of depth, finesse and zest, grown on the slopes of the famous volcano. Altitude and volcanic soils provide excellent conditions for the local nerello mascalese, nerello cappuccio and carricante (a white grape) vines. The white former mainstays of Marsala production cataratto and grillo are being given their head by winemakers who want them to shine alone and shine they do. Finally there has been a renaissance of interest in the intense, sweet muscat wines of the island of Pantelleria, an island closer to Tunisia than Sicily.Sardinia, until 1708 a Spanish possession, grows several vines that reflect an Iberian heritage. Graciano and mazuelo grow here as bovale sardo and boval grande respectively. Cannonau is grenache/garnacha by another less Spanish name. The grape that the island has exported to other parts is vermentino from which its finest, aromatic and flavoursome whites are made. Mazuelo, better known as carignan, makes the islands best reds called carignano del Sulcis.
"A pleasant wine but I will not be ordering it again. "
"10/19- have had and enjoyed before but this vintage is heavy and somewhat charmless."
"A pleasant wine but I will not be ordering it again. "
"Really enjoyed this. A rose for red wine drinkers (happily drunk by my wife who normally turns her nose up at anything that's not totally opaque). More body than your classic "Provencal" rose and stood up well to a spicy prawn stir fry. "
I would recommend this wine
Birmingham Living 1st Aug 2019
"This wine from
southern Italy has more colour and flavour than [others] and is not as dry.
There's flavour of redcurrant and cherry. - Rob Price"
"I'd recommend this excellent Italian rose: it has sufficient body and flavour to work with food but is also fruity enough to enjoy on its own. Quite hefty alcohol content- but this lends some warmth and fullness,"
Dr Robin W D Mitchell (18-Oct-2018)
"Very nice and balanced red currents. Well worth the £1.50 extra over the cheaper roses. "
Mr Tristan Ward (08-Aug-2018)
"Plenty of character and body. I got red currant and cherry flavours out of this. Slightly bitter end. Would recommend."
Mr George Fleri (19-Jul-2018)
"This wine certainly packs a punch.
You can tell without opening it that it will be 'interesting'. It is certainly that.
I'm drinking it without food. I think that is probably a mistake.
But I am also driving it in the middle of winter. And it has the guts to hold up to the cold outside.
I will buy this again. But I will make a note to open with roast pork... perhaps with some fennel. Hmmm. Hungry now..."
Mr Tom Watts (20-Feb-2018)
"I agree with Mrs Spruzen that this is a stronger tasting Rose than some however we very much enjoyed it. Fruit forward and dry it had bags of character. Not subtle but given I am a relative newcomer to Rose and had previously been put off by some overly floral and somewhat bland Provençal wines purchased elsewhere this gives interest and good value"
Mr Stephen Duckett (24-Aug-2017)
"Found this to be too powerful for our tastes. Almost overbearing on its own and definitely not an easy drinking rose. For those who like powerful wines with a full flavour this may work. We prefer a gentler rose."
Mrs Sarah-Lynn Spruzen (19-Jun-2017)
Scotland on Sunday (26th Nov 2017)
"Derived from the
negroamaro grape, this rosé is substantial enough to put in an effective shift
on the Christmas lunch table. Behind its crab apple and red cherry fruit there
is a prickle of firm acidity, floral aromas but, importantly, a savoury edge built
around clove, chocolate and herbal influences. - Brian Elliott "
Daily Record (11th Nov 2017)
"Unusual rosé this -
dark in colour and made from Italy's negroamaro grape (which can often prove
too thick skinned and bitter for palatable rosé). So full marks to the
winemaker for providing us with such a neat, floral, red cherry. Redcurrant and
crab apple-centres offering. Enjoy, too, its savoury - clove and herb edged -
depth and the citric-centred acidity that provides energy and life. - Brian Elliott"
Shropshire Star (1st Nov 2017)
full-flavoured, [this] works well with anything from grilled prawns to roasted
vegetables to tomato-based pasta dishes to salamis and olives. "
Sheffield Profile (1st Nov 2017)
"This rose was very
strong and has a very powerful fruity flavour, but as a regular rose drinker I
enjoyed it a lot. It is bold. - Ellen Beardmore"
York Press (14th Oct 2017)
fuill flavoured, [this] works well with anything from grilled prawns to warm
roasted vegetables or from salami and olives to tomato-based pasta dishes. - Peter Martini"
Portsmouth News (14th Oct 2017)
"Made in the Italian
region of Puglia, right down in the heel of Italy. It's warm down there and the
local negroamaro grape can produce big red wines but here produces a rosé which
is full-clavoured and a great food match. This is quite dark in colour. I've
seen red wines with this sort of colour, with bold aromas of red cherry and
some dried herbns but still retains some nice floral notres which I for one
look for in a rosé. The mouthfeel is full but fresh and it certainly doesn't
lack flavour. I served this with a slow-cooked pork ragu in tomato sauce, but
it would work well with roasted vegetables or a robsy fish dish and certainly
adds a little Mediterranean sunshine to dull autumn days. - Alistair Gibson"
Belfast Sunday Life (8th Oct 2017)
"An inviting deep
red/pink colour. It is made mainly from the negroamaro grape and has aromas of
strawberries and cherries. On the palate it is a lovely refreshing wine with gentle
red fruit flavours and hints of pepper. Medium bodied and very easy drinking,
this wine will match well with many foods and especially tomato-based dishes,
roast vegetables, pasta, salamis, olives, grilled fish. Excellent value for
money. Paula Gracey"
Aberdeen Evening Express (7th Oct 2017)
full-flavoured rosato. A great match for grilled fish, roasted vegetables and
tomato dishes, or just chilled as an aperitif."
Belfast Newsletter (7th Oct 2017)
"Elegant, supple and
wonderfully expressive. This soft, aromatic and delightfully tangy Italian rose
(yes, we sophisticates now drink rose all year round as long as it's sufficiently
robust) has lots of redcurrant and raspberry flavours with underlying hints of
black pepper. One to enjoy on the porch with your ciabatta, salami and olives,
watching the sun set. Some cheese wouldn't hurt. Raymond Gleug"
Manchester Evening News (7th Oct 2017)
"The Wine Society has
an array of lovely rosés from delicate cream soda Provence styles to wine with a
bit more punch such as this rose from the Salento peninsula in Puglia. It had
just enough flavour and weight to deal with the pinch of red chilli and the smoked
bacon in my amatriciana. The nose suggests orange zest and rose water while the
palate is generous with plenty of red fruits and acidity. I look forward to
trying it with spaghetti and prawns in tomato sauce. Andy Cronshaw"
Mature Times (2nd Oct 2017)
"Tastes lightly of
cherries. Paula Goddard"
Western Mail (30th Sep 2017)
"From the warm Puglia
region on the heel of the Italian boot, renowned for big, full-flavoured reds.
This rosé is made from negroamaro grapes and this gives the wine a deep red
cherrt character across the bouquet. The fruit in the mouth is bold but still carries
a little floral perfume to it and is more than a match for rich tomato-based
pasta sauces. Like a puppy isn't just for Christmas, a rosé isn't just for
summer. - Neil Cammies"
"A rose definitely on the 'light red wine' side. For me, the perfect balance of fruit and freshness and delicious with a summer outdoor meal"
Dr David Rickeard (29-Aug-2017)
Mr Mark Holland (11-Aug-2016)
"The 2014 is superb and stylish with full on fruit both on the nose and palate, rather addictive! Highly recommended with charcuterie - enjoy!"
Mr Malcolm J Davies (05-Jul-2015)
"Just bought 3 6-bottle cases of this wine with the summer in mind (and with the incentive of a discount). Previous experience with earlier vintages had been excellent - a very full colour (think Alsace red) and a full-on fruity finish that takes oriental-style as well as as Mediterranean food. Rather to my surprise the 2014 is a much more Provence-style colour and a thinner, dryer finish. Not what I'd been expecting at all, and a marked contrast with the consistent style of several previous vintages. Too early to form a judgment - I'll have to try more than one bottle before this becomes a formal whinge - but I feel slightly misled by the lack of warning in the catalogue about what seems to me a significant style change."
Mr Richard B Morse (22-May-2015)
"An exceptional pink wine and exceptional value. Drank with monkfish wrapped in parma ham, served on a bed of ratatouille. This wine stood up well to the ratatouille. And my wife liked it!"
Mr Chris Sheppard (17-Dec-2014)
"Just ordered my third case, friends and family love it. Goes well with garlicky food, garlic stuffed olives, perfect."
Dr J P Taverner (12-Jul-2014)
"A great summer offering from Italy. Full ripe, long dry finish with a touch of class. This wine went well with grilled lamb cutlets and grilled aubergines courtesy of my Italian wife - Highly recommended."
Mr Malcolm J Davies (04-Jun-2014)
"Spot on. Beautiful deep colour, dry and refreshing, plenty of flavour - garlicky Mediterranean goodness is a splendid match. Such a pleasant change from the rather insipid roses that seem to abound these days."
Ms Katy Benson (25-May-2014)
"Mr Payne's family summer rose. Ordered a case, and it is superb. A deep rose, unlike some French and New World pink wines. Quite viscous and bright in the glass, a well made wine just on its appearance, helped by its alc of 13.5%. A restrained nose of summer fruit, then a surprise, quite full and fruity and long. Maybe not for a long summer lunch in the garden, but perfect on a late April evening with some Italian olives."
Dr J P Taverner (27-Apr-2014)
"This is wonderful! We had a couple of glasses last evening, just as an aperitif with a few olives - delicious. Superb flavour from the negroamaro. Never had a rose from Puglia before, but certainly will again.
Mr John Woodhead (14-Jan-2014)
"We have dispatched several of these with various full flavoured dishes including salmon fillets accompanied with bombay potato(it works - honestly) and it really is quite delicious."
Mr Chris Booth (02-Oct-2011)
"Really good rosé. Summertime in a glass."
Mr Kevin Barry (25-Nov-2010)
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