Say ‘ciao’ to Italian wines at Tesco

Peter Morrell gets a taste of the top of the range Super Tuscan in this well curated line up

Tesco Italian

This summer, why not bring Italy to your own home with these top Italian picks from the Tesco team. Whether you’re dreaming of a seaside escape to the Amalfi Coast or a city break to Milan, these delicious wines are sure to transport you to your ideal destination.

Piccini Chianti Reserva – £8

The best Sangiovese grapes are selected for Piccini Chianti Riserva. The grapes undergo soft pressing before being processed using the traditional method on the skins. They are fermented at controlled temperatures with a long maceration period to extract maximum fruit and balanced tannins. The wine spends 9 months in large oak barrels before release

Piccini was founded back in 1882 by Angiolio Piccini who started with just 7 hectares. Piccini now has four separate estates in its portfolio and ranks as one of the most recognisable Tuscan brands worldwide with fourth generation Mario and Martina Piccini at the helm

Villa Antinori Rosso – £16

The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany since 1385. They helped create the Super Tuscan category and now Villa Antinori is now seen as a mini Super Tuscan.

I have tasted this wine, and it is exceptional. This 2019, with its impeccable heritage, is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. It pours a dark garnet colour, and the first sniff of the bouquet revealed lovely plum, cherry, blackberry, vanilla, oak, and smoky aromas. In the mouth the wine is medium to full bodied and on the palate the dark fruit flavours remain and are joined by tobacco and some subtle spicing. There are medium tannins and well balanced acidity making it dry and smooth. The finish is long and fruity.

The Villa Antinori Super Tuscan is the perfect match for food, pair it with steaks, casseroles, slow roasted lamb, and strong cheese like Stilton.

Tesco Finest Primitivo – £7

Grown in the vineyards of the Abruzzo, overlooking the Adriatic coast, this inky Primitivo is bold and complex, with juicy black berries and ripe plum flavours, savoury spices and a long rich finish. Pair with rich stews, grilled veg or juicy burgers.

Planeta L’Amistanza – £10

L’Amistanza – was the Renaissance Italian word for friendship. Planeta’s L’Amistanza wine is made in Sicily with local grape varieties. It is a fresh, floral and fruity style, which works perfectly as an aperitif. Alternatively, it works alongside pasta dishes in light or seafood-based sauces. As the name suggests. this wine was made to be shared with true friends.
L’Amistanza is the key to conviviality.

White peaches, winter melon, durum wheat: friendly white bouquet on the nose. Fair yellow colour with green reflexes, freshness, banana-driven crispy taste.

Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio – £7

From grapes grown on the hills of Trentino, in northern Italy, where altitude and extra time on the vine bring enhanced complexity and provide dry, delicate flavours of red apple, ripe pears and honey blossom. This white couples perfectly with grilled fish or a crisp salad. Store in cool, dark place.

Straw yellow colour. Pleasant, intense and persistent nose, distinctly floral. Dry, wonderfully crisp palate, with great character and elegance

Tesco Finest Prosecco – £8.50

Our grapes are sourced from a single area, overlapping the finest vineyards in Prosecco. The result is an elegant wine a lingering finish, full of Citrus and pear flavours with peach blossom aromas. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with a salmon starter.

Our grapes are sourced from a single area, overlapping the finest vineyards in Prosecco. The result is an elegant wine a lingering finish, full of Citrus and pear flavours with peach blossom aromas. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with a salmon starter.

La Gioiosa Prosecco Rosé – £10

The Prosecco Rosé has a pomegranate nuance edged with soft pink reflections. The nose is subtle and fresh, offering hints of small red fruits. Notes of rose and pomegranate complete this elegant and intense aromatic profile. On the palate, it is silky and full, presenting a very pleasant balance between the fruity and floral notes

Caparelli Italian Blush – £4.29

Refreshing and fruity with flavours of bright red berries and citrus fruit, made from lightly pressed grapes for a delicate flavour and colour.

Refreshingly fruity with juicy red apple, red berry and citrus flavours

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