A light bodied and easy drinking wine full of cherry and raspberry fruit flavours.
These stylishly packaged modern wines evoke the very essence of modern, easy drinking Italian wines. Inspired by the Gran Fondos of Italy, the popular cycling events that weave their way through the scenic, coastal and vineyard-dotted landscapes of Italy, these wines are a blend of indigenous and classic varietals. The Gran Fondo duo is produced for us in a state-of-the-art winery, in the heart of EmiliaRomagna. Meticulously blended by our buyer, Steve Daniel, they are superb examples of modern winemaking at its very best and offer wonderful value for money.
The winter was cold and damp, with snow in the northern part of Italy and frozen soils until spring, resulting in delayed budbreak. A warm and rainy spring recovered some of the delay; flowering took place in mid May. Challenging weather in late spring and early summer saw some hailstorms. Good conditions in the summer during the ripening phase were interspersed by short and isolated thunderstorms. Overall the quality is good, especially in the elevated areas and 2018 is one of the most abundant harvests of the past decade.
The grapes are mainly sourced from the rich and fertile region of Emilia Romagna, one of Italy’s most prolific wine regions, located between Tuscany to the south and Lombardy and Veneto to the north. The region’s geographical diversity plays a significant part in creating the different terroirs found in the region. The River Po links the rolling hills and the Apennine peaks to the west of the region, flowing through the low lying plains, to the vineyards influenced by the coastal breezes of the Adriatic Sea to the east. Each terroir imparts its own characteristic to the resulting blend.
The grapes were picked separately, crushed and cold soaked for a period of 12 hours. Fermentation lasted for five days with daily pump-overs to extract the flavours and colour from the skins. The wine was then transferred to concrete vats where it went through malolactic fermentation, resulting in a softer texture in the resulting wine. The wine was made in an unoaked style to showcase the purity of fruit.
Aromas of crunchy red fruits are complemented by a plummy undertone in this easy drinking Italian blend. Softly textured with fine tannins and a moreish finish.
Sangiovese 60%, Longanesi 20%, Montepulciano 20%