True fact: a “fiasco” is the name of the raffia basket found attached to the base of old-school Chianti bottles. Take that to your next pub quiz…
GRATI CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG 2015 $22.80 This blend of 90 per cent sangiovese, 7 per cent canaiolo nero and 3 per cent colorino is a lightly styled, spicy red that will clear the nose and soothe the throat on the first sniff and sip. Wild strawberry, cherry and peppery notes on the nose lead to a soft, fruit-saturated mouthfeel and a suede-like finish. Sip with: minestrone with prosciutto and potato dumplings. stvincentscave.co.nz VINETTI DE FIORINI CHIANTI SUPERIORE DOCG 2014 $25 Grapes for a superiore can come from any of the sub-regions within the region of Chianti. Superiore wines must be aged for at least nine months before release and must be approved by the official DOCG Commission. Sangiovese, canaiolo, ciliegiolo and cabernet sauvignon grapes have been crafted into a super-smooth, savoury red, edged with wild cherry, pomegranate and a lick of leather on the tongue. Delicious. Sip with: polpettone in tomato passata. poshslosh.co.nz
FATTORIA DI BASCIANO CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG 2015 $25.80
Located in the foothills of the Apennines, Rufina is the smallest sub-region of Chianti but also one of the most well-known. This basciano is heaving with succulent red fruits, dried herbs and liquorice layers. It is velvety, sexy, savoury — and I love it! Fact: Chianti Rufina can’t be released for 12 months after harvest, six months longer than the typical Chianti. Sip with: lamb and rosemary sausages. touchofitaly.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TASTING OFFICER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRITERS OF NZ MEMBER.