Joh. Jos. Prüm
We are currently being spoiled with a host of great releases from heralded vintages from Europe! From the 2016 vintage in Barolo and Brunello to the just-released fleet of wines from Joh. Jos. Prum showcasing their blockbuster 2019 vintage.
Many of the top critics in Germany have declared that 2019 is the best vintage they have had the pleasure of tasting. This certainly adds to the excitement of one of our most anticipated allocations each year.
The Prum wines are a gateway into the magical world of Mosel Riesling - a style that when done right, is right up there with some of the best experiences wine has to offer. Prum has been producing wines from the top parcels in the Mosel for over a hundred years from old, ungrafted, low yielding vines, harvested at perfect ripeness for each Pradikat. Natural, slow ferments and gentle lees ageing build richness and mild reduction which has become a hallmark of the Prum wines. Please do decant.
While many focus on the success of the 2019 vintage, Katharina Prum says "We really prefer not to talk of the quality level of a vintage, as every year has something to recommend." Hard to disagree with wines like these as every year and every bottle offers so much enjoyment. I truly can't think of a situation that wouldn't be made better with a bottle of Prum.
See the Joh. Jos. Prum wines here.
Dave Fletcher is the under-the-radar Aussie winemaker, producing some of our favourite Nebbiolos from Australia and Piedmont. Not a bad achievement! Dave's love for Nebbiolo pushed him to seek a harvest gig at Ceretto, one of the top producers in the Barolo region of Piedmont. Years of hard work in the cellar paid off and now Dave is in charge of all red wine production at this famed estate, as well as creating his very own eponymous label.
His wines range from beautifully gentle, contemplative expressions of Nebbiolo, to more modern, vibrant wines such as his Barbera, made in a similar style to the wines of Beaujolais. He even makes a skin contact blend of Arneis and Moscato - a style rarely seen in the region.
We get modest amounts of his wines each year and have recently received his latest Italian Nebbiolo offering, including a couple of bottles of his famed Starderi Barbaresco, worthy of any great cellar. These wines are a perfect accompaniment to the shift in weather we are currently enjoying/hating, but they never hang around long, so don't wait!
See the Fletcher wines here.
Poderi Aldo Conterno
The Conterno name is synonymous with the Barolo region. The family has been producing wines there for over 100 years, most notably under Giacomo Conterno, Aldo's father.
Aldo started out working at the family estate with his brother and father, before moving to the States to branch out on his own. He returned to Italy after only five years abroad, and in 1969 Aldo purchased the Il Favot vineyard in Langhe and established Poderi Aldo Conterno. Today the estate is run by Aldo's three sons, Giacomo, Stefano and Franco.
The jewels in the Conterno crown are the three cru vineyards - Romirasco, Cicala and Colonnello located in Bussia of Monforte d’Alba. The trio of sites is South-West facing, rich in calcium carbonate, iron and clay-calcareous soils. Over time, the production of the estate has been gradually reduced thus ensuring the quality of the wines, which are now some of the most sought after wines produced in Italy.
Search the collection here.