Pete Ste­wart rec­om­mends

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Drink - Pete Ste­wart is Glas­gow di­rec­tor of In­ver­ar­ity One to One, 185a Bath Street­ver­ar­i­ty­mor­

One of my favourite dis­cov­er­ies this year has been the wines of Umani Ronchi. Based in Marche and Abruzzo in Italy, Umani Ronchi pro­duce top qual­ity wines from Verdic­chio, Pecorino and Mon­tepul­ciano as well as other indige­nous va­ri­eties. They also grow small amounts of the more in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mil­iar grapes such as Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and Mer­lot, which they blend to great ef­fect with their Mon­tepul­ciano and San­giovese.

They have just over 200 hectares, and make about twenty dif­fer­ent wines, so pro­duc­tion is small. This al­lows them to fo­cus on qual­ity and to farm or­gan­i­cally. The con­ver­sion to or­ganic prac­tices started in 2001 and was com­pleted in 2015, so it was no small un­der­tak­ing.

Umani Ronchi orig­i­nally started back in the 1950’s and have gone from strength to strength ever since, win­ning nu­mer­ous awards along the way. Notably with their Verdic­chio Vec­chie Vigne 2009 which won Gam­bero Rosso’s White Wine of the Year award in 2012. Verdic­chio dei Castelli di Jesi Vec­chie Vigne 2013 Umani Ronchi

(In­ver­ar­ity One to One, £23.99). This wine is only pro­duced in the best

years, and they only make about 13,000 bot­tles each time. There’s no oak age­ing, just stain­less steel and con­crete tanks and the palate is both luscious and el­e­gant. This is ideal with scal­lops or monk­fish, but also works well as an aper­i­tif to lubri­cate the chef. Pe­lago Marche Rosso IGT 2013

Umani Ronchi (In­ver­ar­ity One to One, £35.99). The Pe­lago is a blend of Mon­tepul­ciano and Caber­net Sauvi­gnon with a touch of Mer­lot. It’s aged in small bar­rels for 14 months, and is then kept in bot­tles for at least a year be­fore re­lease. The Caber­net pro­vides a Bordeaux style back­bone to a clas­sic Ital­ian wine which you should en­joy with steak or a home­made lasagne. Cu­maro Conero Ris­erva DOCG 2013 Umani Ronchi (In­ver­ar­ity One to One, £26.99). This va­ri­etal Mon­tepul­ciano is my favourite in the range. It’s in­cred­i­bly com­plex but man­ages to re­tain a nice ap­proach­a­bil­ity. It’s a glug­ger! I would have this with duck or veni­son. And if there’s any left, it will work with the cheese­board. En­joy!

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