Do your Prep’ – Grillo Iole’s Sumptuous 2019 Red

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Over the past 18 months, Gauntleys have frequently praised the exceptional qualities of their new producer, Vini Grillo Iole, and today announce the long-awaited arrival of the new vintage of their stunning Schioppettino di Prepotto.

From their Charming 16th Century manor house, nestled amongst the trees in the picturesque hills outside the village of Albana di Prepotto, Anna Muzzonlini and her family have crafted some of the most gloriously refined, expressive and elegant Italian wines on the market today.

Working their nine hectares of vines organically and cultivating various indigenous grape varieties, Anna and her son Mattia oversee every facet of production. Their love and devotion to their work clearly shines through in the wonderful wines they produce. There is so much charm and allure to the seamlessly balanced and refined wines from Vini Grillo Iole, with one of the stars of the show their glorious Schioppettino.

There are very few domaines that capture the heart quite so completely, but Anna Muzzonlini’s wines have completely enchanted both the Gauntleys team.

Azienda Agricola Grillo Iole Schioppettino di Prepotto 2019 £22.80

Anna’s 2019 Schioppettino di Prepotto is a beautiful ruby red in the glass with a delightful purity on the nose. Wonderfully alluring, the bouquet is fragrant and fruity, with notes of violets, ripe black and red berries laced with subtle hints of pepper and gentle spicey aromas reminiscent of cloves.

The palate is marked by a fabulous intensity and freshness, with delineation and focus. The berry fruit from the nose delivers in spades, with mouth-wateringly ripe, crunchy red cherries, bright raspberries, and blackcurrant notes. This is all wonderfully balanced with gentle spice and a great mineral line that adds a welcome levity and elegance to proceedings.

Incredibly refined, there’s almost a Burgundian finesse here! Elegant enough to go with a range of aperitifs and starters, whilst having ample structure to support a wide variety of mains: from braised and roasted meat and game to smoked or spicy fish. The versatile 2019 Schioppettino will surprise you!


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