Boutinot Brings Barbera, Durello & Southern Italian Additions To Definitive Italian Tasting

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Boutinot Brings Barbera, Durello & Southern Italian Additions To Definitive Italian Tasting

Boutinot will showcase a number of new additions to its Italian portfolio of top individual estates, major producers and co-operatives at this year’s Definitive Italian Tasting. 

Highlights include -

NEW      The ‘Prosecco Successor’ For The Independent, Wholesale & Restaurant sectors

Durello Spumante Brut ‘Palladiano’ NV (RRP £8.99)

A tank fermented sparkling wine made from the Durello grape which, with small, late maturing berries grown in cool climate conditions gives a fresh wine with high acidity - perfect for high quality sparkling wines that Boutinot’s Tony Brown MW says are the fizz of choice in Vernona’s bars and restaurants. 

“In the way that Gavi, Verdicchio and others have followed in Pinot Grigio’s slipstream, Prosecco should open the door for more interesting alternatives of Italian sparkling wine - and this is one,” says Brown.  “Durello has developed a quality reputation as the production is more limited than Prosecco, giving an alternative with a more exclusive feel.”


NEW    Beautiful Barbera For Multiple Retailers

Two new wines from leading Barbera specialist, and Boutinot’s producing partner, Araldica in Piemonte:

Araldica Piemonte Rosso ‘I Sassi’ 2014 (RRP £6 - £7)

An approachable Piemonte Barbera (80%), blended with 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both of which have seen a touch of barrique.  “The resulting wine has a marginally international profile,” comments Tony, “while remaining defiantly Piemontese - hence the tradizione packaging.”

Fazzoletto Barbera Passito 2014 (RRP £7)

A partial passito style red, with grapes harvested a little later to concentrate the sugar, add richness and soften the acidity and is, says Brown, “ideally suited to the current trend for sweeter red styles.”

Fazzoletto Rosso translates as ‘red neckerchief’ - the name for a member of the partisans of the Garibaldi Brigades formed during WWII to fight for the liberation of Italy.  The wine is named after them in celebration of their independent spirit.


NEW    Southern Italian Additions For The Independent, Wholesale and Restaurant sectors

Also available to taste will be two new wines from Boutinot’s Puglian producer: Vallone Vereto Salice Salentino Riserva 2011 (RRP £11) which joins the current Salice Salentino, and the Vallone Susumaniello 2015 which is produced from the local, recently rediscovered Susumaniello grape (RRP £10).  Last, but not least, to the line up of new wines is the Nerello Mascalese 2013 from Cantine Nicosia in Sicily’s Etna region (RRP £9.50).

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Date of issue:                                    22 June 2016

Further information - emma wellings pr:  t 020 8996 5168  e alison@ew-pr.co.uk