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Bardolino Le Fraghe 2016

Red Wine from Italy - NE Italy (Trentino, Veneto)
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Matilde Poggi makes the best Bardolino we know and this fragrant, light and refreshing example is no exception. Imagine you are sitting in the sun by Lake Garda as you drink it for maximum enjoyment.
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Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Light to medium-bodied
  • Corvina
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

North East Italy

Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy's main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.

Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border.

The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from...

Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy's main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.

Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border.

The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from northerly winds and have a more continental climate. They sit at altitudes of between 330 and 1200 metres on soils that were once beneath the ocean, so marl and sandstone predominate. The Collio Goriziano vineyards enjoy slightly greater influence from the Adriatic to the south, though the cool air draining from the higher ground in the north plays its part, and the vineyards sit upon the many steep slopes in this hilly country.

Pinot grigio was an early success here and is still widely made, but chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot bianco have joined local varieties like tocai fiuliano, picolit and verduzzo in producing some of Italy's freshest and most interesting white wines. Local varieties like schioppetino and refosco have struggled to find an audience outside of the region in the past though this is changing, and some Bordeaux blends from the Grave region of free draining alluvial soils are making people sit up and take notice.

Trentino-Alto Adige was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and in the northern parts of the province (Alto Adige) German is still widely spoken. Indeed, the architecture, food and customs owe much to their Teutonic roots and there are elements that remain in the vineyards that echo a Germanic past. Riesling is planted here and the village of Tramin gave its name to the gewürztraminer grape which is now so widely planted in another region with Germanic influences, Alsace. To reinforce that comparison, sylvaner, muscat, müller-thurgau and pinot gris (grigio) are also to be found here.

Alto Adige is also known as the Süd-Tyrol (South Tyrol) and lies on the border with Austria and is Italy's most northerly wine region. Here the vines grow in the foothills of the Alps, on the lower slopes along the Adige Valley. Altitudes vary between 200 and 1000 metres. White wines made the reputation of the region for their lively, fresh purity but reds are grown here too. Schiava and the burlier lagrein are the indigenous varieties much used here, though bracing cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines are made from plantings that can struggle to ripen and escape some greenness. Some very fine pinot noir wines are having an impact for their high-class and poise.

The Veneto is something of a vinous bread basket. The soils are fertile, which is not usually propitious for fine wine production, and officially permitted yields are unacceptably high. The region produces enormous quantities of everyday wines for exporting and blending but also embraces the Valpolicella region where the jewel in the crown is Valpolicella Amarone, the sweetly rich, full-bodied expression of semi-dried corvina and rondinella grapes that is sought after the world over. Though bulk production, particularly through large and highly-efficient co-operatives, is still prevalent the improvements in winemaking and viticulture are clear, and there are many producers in formerly workaday DOCs like Valpolicella and Soave who are turning their corvina, rondinella, garganega and trebbiano di lugana (turbiano) grapes into vinous gems. Prosecco is also produced here from the glera grape in the hills around Conigliano almost due north of Venice, and is something of a worldwide phenomenon in terms of sales volume. As ever, there is a lot of basic fizz but the producers who take a little more care in vineyards and wineries are making delicious bubblies at all price levels.

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Le Fraghe

Matilde Poggi runs this 28-hectare estate in the Adige valley next to Lake Garda and close to Verona, using only estate grapes (70% corvina and 30% rondinella, both local varieties). Her father, a successful industrialist bought the estate in the early eighties and Mathilde began making the wine in 1984.

She gets it right in the vineyards and then takes care of the fruit in the cellars, employing cool maceration and a short four-day fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel to preserve maximum fruit and freshness.

Italy Vintage 2016 North East

2016 was a stunning year for reds in most of the vineyards of Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, as well as across the Veneto. In short, the north of Italy enjoyed sunny, warm and dry conditions at harvest (September and Ocotber) after a cooler than average summer, and brought in an excellent crop of slowly evenly ripened grapes and made very good wines.

The south of Italy is a less obviously happy picture, or at least more of a patchwork, with some areas suffering rain at inappropriate times, often when the harvest needed to be brought in. There had already been difficulties in the spring in the Abruzzi and Campania (some areas had frost) and Umbria suffered hail. Then in September rains came and made it tricky for the later ripening red varieties in Campania and Basilicata. However, the summer had been more even in Puglia and despite some September rains here it had little effect and the wines are very good. Sicily too had a good vintage.

Scotland on Sunday

… authenticallypepper and bitter cherry scented ...

Brian Elliott

Bite Magazine

Bardolino is theFellini film in a bottle. It is grown on the hills near Lake Garda with a highlevel of stylised sophistication. A lighter style of red which has adeliciously fragrant cherry flavour laced...
Bardolino is theFellini film in a bottle. It is grown on the hills near Lake Garda with a highlevel of stylised sophistication. A lighter style of red which has adeliciously fragrant cherry flavour laced with some leafy notes that stop itbeing sickly or heavy. That tanginess I mentioned earlier makes it refreshinglydrinkable, so much so that you could pop it in a chiller on a hot day.
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- Nikki Welch

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