Monday 5 September 2016

Aglianico 2014 Calabria Private Bin - NSW Riverina

TO the fore in homeland southern Italy,
and now growing in popularity in Australia.


David Ellis

AN interesting wine and food match to get a rollicking conversation going at that next dinner party is the lesser-known Italian-heritage drop Aglianico that's now being made in increasing quantities in Australia, coupled with a flavoursome pasta dish that in its home-town Naples is called Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.

The Aglianico because it's a nice big-bodied red that's right to the fore in the south of Italy where it was introduced from Greece thousands of years ago, and the Spaghetti alla Puttanesca because the name means "Prostitutes Spaghetti," and is made with a more-ish sauce of garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, anchovies, capers and dill, which apparently the girls find easy to whip-together between servicing clients.

Around twenty wineries in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania are now producing Aglianico here, with the biggest maker Calabria Family Wines at Griffith in the NSW Riverina. And their latest release, the 2014 Calabria Private Bin is a wonderfully rich and savoury drop whose delightful fruit profile now rewards even further by coming more forward with a little time in the cellar.

Plus with softer tannins than those in its homeland, at $15 it's a great buy with that spag suggestion, or more-Aussie-thinking minted barbecued lamb chops.

for week beginning 05 September  2016 

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