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Casale del Giglio

As a child and young teenager the fields and lanes of the family estate, Casale del Giglio, were nothing more to Antonio Santarelli than a place where he could spend carefree weekends and indulge his budding passion for motorbike riding; but all that changed when he joined his father Dino in the family business. By then, a shrewd twenty-five year old, he knew instinctively that their unconventional land in the Agro Pontino valley, some 50 kms south of Rome, offered a unique opportunity to attempt something no-one had ever attempted before.

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The Story

In 1967, Dino Santarelli, founded Casale del Giglio at Le Ferriere in the Agro Pontino Valley near Latina, some 50 kilometers south of Rome. This area, unlike other Italian wine regions was almost completely unexplored from a vine growing perspective.

In 1985, Casale del Giglio embarked on a monumental experiment to nurture over 60 different international grape varietals in their soil. Led by winemaker Paolo Tiefenthaler and involving members from the academic community, the goal of this multi-year research was to determine the grapes that can do well in the Lazio terroir.

The believers of this bold and daring project were amply rewarded when the first significant results were achieved from the Syrah and Petit Verdot, among others. Indeed, the estate’s flagship wine is the rich red Mater Matuta (Syrah with a touch of Petit Verdot). As for the Whites: the Viognier, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Petit Manseng (originally a native of the French Atlantic Pyrenees), with the latter being one of the most intriguing offerings in their portfolio.

With these wines, combined with products of indigenous varietals such as the Bellone and Cesanese, Casale del Giglio offers a rich portfolio of products that will elevate the representation of quality Lazio wines.

Bellone

BELLONE BIANCO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +782920

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPE:

    100% Bellone

  • FORMAT:

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » The Bellone has been an indigenous grape of the Latium region since Roman times. It is typically found along the coastal region between Rome and Latina where a constant sea breeze and the microclimate contribute to a grape that over-ripens with high concentrations of both sugar and acidity, along with a pronounced mineral note.
    » Deep yellow with a golden tint, the Bellone evokes sunshine and ripe tropical fruit such as mango and papaya. The fruit is nicely balanced by a marked acidity which makes it suitable for long bottle aging.
    » On the palate, it is rich, ample, with a zesty tang that lingers in a long finish.
    » Excellent with appetizers, fish dishes, especially a rich fish soup or Bouillabaisse.

  • SILVER – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017
  • SILVER – Sélections Mondiales du Canada (May 2017)
Anthium

BELLONE BIANCO LAZIO IGT ‘ANTHIUM’

  • SKU:

    +241604

  • VINTAGE:

    2017

  • GRAPE:

    100% Bellone

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » The Bellone has been an indigenous grape of the Latium region since Roman times. It is typically found along the coastal region between Rome and Latina where a constant sea breeze and the microclimate contribute to a grape that over-ripens with high concentrations of both sugar and acidity, along with a pronounced mineral note.
    » Using hand-harvested and hand-sorted grapes from vines as old as 70+ years, the Bellone ‘Anthium’ is one step up from the Bellone Bianco with sharper fruit character and lingering mineral finish. Exquisite on its own and pairs well with first courses and fish dishes.

  • Dried apples, pineapple and hints of crushed stones follow through to a full-bodied, round palate with rich, cooked apples and some dried mango. Drink or hold.❞ – James Suckling (October 2018)
  • GOLD – Berlin Wine Trophy 2018 (September 2018)
  • 92 POINTS – James Suckling (October 2018)
Faro Della Guardia

BIANCOLELLA BIANCO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +207558

  • VINTAGE:

    2017

  • GRAPE:

    100% Biancolella

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » Grown on the Island of Ponza, Biancolella is a native grape from Campania. It grows at the base of a sheer sea cliff by the imposing lighthouse— ‘Faro della Guardia’. The Biancolella grapes are aged on the lees for about 7-8 months before bottling.
    » Pale yellow with a greenish hue. An intense floral perfume, with ripe golden peach and fresh apricot.
    » The palate is flinty and fresh, reminiscent of the volcanic and calcareous soils and sea breeze.
    » A lingering fruity finish with a hint of citrus. Good body and firm fruit make the wine suitable for prolonged bottle aging.

  • An appealing, medium-bodied white with orange-blossom and elderflower aromas and a juicy palate that’s very bright with a crisp and refreshing finish. Drink now.❞ – James Suckling (October 2018)
  • 91 POINTS – James Suckling (October 2018)
Petit Manseng

PETIT MANSENG BIANCO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +477083

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPE:

    100% Petit Manseng

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » Originally from France, the Petit Manseng grape was planted for the first time in Central Italy by Casale del Giglio in their vineyard 50 km south of Rome. The result is this amazing White with a brilliant straw yellow colour and an inviting aroma.
    » Fruity and spicy on the nose while fresh, crisp, and flinty on the palate, this wine is exquisitely structured with a seductive, fruit-filled finish.
    » Excellent sipping wine on its own; versatile with food, especially fish dishes in savory sauce.

  • Lots of sweet apricot and orange character. Medium body. Lightly phenolic texture and a flavorful finish. Fun. Oily yet dry. Drink now.❞ – James Suckling (June 2019)
  • 92 POINTS – James Suckling (June 2019)
  • 92 POINTS –Luca Maroni (June 2019)
Satrico

SATRICO BIANCO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +207551

  • VINTAGE:

    2017

  • GRAPES:

    Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Trebbiano Giallo

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » This white wine takes its name from the ancient pre-Roman city of Satricum.
    » A blend of 40% CHARDONNAY, 40% SAUVIGNON BLANC, and 20% TREBBIANO GIALLO grapes, vinified separately.
    » Only the very best bunches are selected, then by soft-pressing the free-run juice is separated from skins and slowly fermented with controlled temperature for 7 or 8 days.
    » The new wine matures in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
    » A bright straw-yellow, this elegant blend reveals a fruity, lightly aromatic yet mineral nose. The flavours are confirmed on the palate by a pleasing crispness and lengthy finish.

  • GOLD – Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada (June 2018)
  • SILVER – Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018 (February 2018)
Albiola2

ALBÌOLA ROSATO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +097100

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPES:

    85% Syrah + 15% Sangiovese

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » The grapes are gently crushed and left to stand in stainless steel tanks for several hours.
    » After a period of cold maceration on the skins at 8-10°C, some of the juice is drained from the tanks and fermented separately.
    » Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a temperature of around 18°C for 8-10 days.
    »The resulting rosé wine is rich, with a vibrant personality, faithful to the floral and fruity aromas typical of the best rosés but with enough body to challenge many a red.
    » The colour of bright red roses, Albiola presents an aroma of small woodland berries, dominated by raspberry and wild strawberry.
    » Fresh, lively and well balanced on the palate, the wine presents a long, fruity finish.
    » A perfect partner for a fresh tomato flavoured Mediterranean fish soup, or with a selection of cold cuts.

  • Bright pink. Perfumed, even complex aromas and flavors of red berries, sage, tea leaf and violet, plus a complicating note of pomegranate. Fresh and juicy, with a slightly saline twinge on the long back end. Given that Albiola has always been a very easygoing Rosato best drunk within the year of its release, this 2018 version is surprisingly complex and rich. Well done.❞ - Ian D’Agata, Vinous (May 2019)
  • GOLD – Concours Mondial de Bruzelles (May 2019)
  • 90 POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (May 2019)
Cesanese

CESANESE ROSSO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +646711

  • VINTAGE:

    2016

  • GRAPE:

    100% Cesanese

  • FORMAT:

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » Produced from Cesanese, an indigenous grape of Italy, this wine is deep ruby red with intense aromas of marasca cherry followed by spicy notes of white-, black-pepper and violet.
    » On the palate, it is soft, smooth, and well balanced with persistent tannins and pronounced acidity, essential criteria for long aging.
    » Excellent with white meat, turkey, or savory stew.

  • Bright red. Fresh aromas and flavors of red cherry, licorice, flint and herbs. At once juicy and dense, with a long smooth finish and persistent juiciness. Not the last word in complexity but easy to drink and ripe. Reportedly made with the Cesanese d’Affile variety. A promising new wine from Casale del Giglio.❞ - Ian D’Agata, Vinous (June 2019)
  • SILVER – AWC Vienna International Challenge 2019
  • BRONZE – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019
Madreselva

MADRESELVA RISERVA ROSSO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +207561

  • VINTAGE:

    2015

  • GRAPES:

    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot (Equally blended)

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » All three red grape varieties are picked when fully ripe. Each grape is vinified differently and fermented separately in small oak casks for 18-20 months, then blended in equal proportions, and finalmly ages in the bottle for 8-12 months.
    » A bright, intensely concentrated, ruby-red wine. The nose reveals a very mature, dark personality—black cherries with undertones of autumn leaves and juniper.
    » The palate is well-balanced and persistent with velvety tannins that reflect the dark, fruity, balsamic character of the nose.

  • A powerful Lazio red with a lot of ripeness, but also some earthy complexity and some bitter chocolate from oak. The full, almost lush body is held together by a serious tannin structure that drives the long finish. Drink or hold.❞ – James Suckling (October 2018)
  • GOLD – Berliner Wein Trophy (September 2018)
  • 92 POINTS – James Suckling (October 2018)
Mater Matuta

MATER MATUTA ROSSO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +263954

  • VINTAGE:

    2015

  • GRAPES:

    85% Syrah, 15% Petit Verdot

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » A deep, dense, ruby-red wine which displays outstanding character both on the nose and on the palate with its aroma of coffee beans, violets, ripe black cherry, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon.
    » On the palate, it is silky and seductive, but perfectly supported by fine tannins and a pleasing astringency, delivering a long, lush finish.
    » Both grapes of the Mater Matuta are harvested when fully ripe, with the Syrah being even slightly shriveled. The Syrah contributes to the complexity of character, highlighted by smooth tannins and intensity of the black cherry and spice. Meanwhile the full-bodied Petit Verdot gives the Mater Matuta its long aging potential.
    » Excellent with most savory red meat courses, roasts, stew, as well as mature cheeses.

  • A layered and rich red with blackberries and chocolate. Hints of black tea, too. Full body and round, velvety tannins. Rich and dense yet so delicious. A big wine that needs two or three years to come together. Drink in 2020.❞ – James Suckling (July 2018)
  • GOLD – Berlin Wine Trophy 2017 (February 2017)
  • GOLD – Mundus Vini – 2017 Spring Tasting (May 2017)
  • 96 Points – I Migliori Vini Italiani – Latium Region – Frascati 2016
  • 93 Points – James Suckling, (July 2018)
Petit Verdot

PETIT VERDOT ROSSO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +646653

  • VINTAGE:

    2015

  • GRAPE:

    100% Petit Verdot

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » Vinified with two techniques; the ‘submerged cap’ technique is aimed at extracting the grape’s softer tannins, and the second, ’punch down’, for its strong colour. Part of the new wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the other part in wood.
    » Once blended, the new wine spends 8-12 months in barrique, then bottled and aged 6 months before leaving the winery.
    » This deep crimson wine displays an intense, lingering aroma of red berry fruits, cherry, and juniper. Elegant and full-bodied, with rich velvety tannins, the wine presents a spicy and white peppery finish.

  • Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Full body and chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Real petit verdot character here. Drink now.❞ – James Suckling (October 2017)
  • GOLD – Berlin Wine Trophy 2017 (February 2017)
  • 91 POINTS – James Suckling (October 2017)
Tempranijo

TEMPRANIJO ROSSO LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +201426

  • VINTAGE:

    2015

  • GRAPE:

    100% Tempranillo

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » A deep ruby-red wine with aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant, woodland fruits and a hint of ripe marasca cherry.
    » A rich, concentrated palate where notes of spice and fruit, highlighted by the presence of sweet tannins, lead to a long finish. Well suited to long bottle aging.

  • This is a rich and flavorful red with blackberry, oyster and black tea. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Always delicious.❞ – James Suckling (October 2017)
  • GOLD – Selezione del Sindaco 2017
  • 91 Points – James Suckling (October 2017)
Aphrodisium

APHRODISIUM LAZIO IGT

  • SKU:

    +265827

  • VINTAGE:

    2014

  • GRAPES:

    25% Petit Manseng, 25% Viognier, 25% Greco, 25% Fiano

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack (500 mL)

  • TASTING NOTES:

    » Brilliant golden-yellow dessert wine. Fresh, floral notes of peach and orange blossom on the nose followed by ripe juicy peach and honey.
    » Luscious and seductive on the palate, refreshing mineral crispness balances the sweetness of the delicious nectar. A return of citrus fruit on the long finish.

  • GOLD – Berlin Wine Trophy 2016 (February 2016)
  • SILVER – 23rd Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2016 (May 2016)

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