Sir John Kirwan MBE, the former rugby legend and mental health advocate, has been conducting a love affair with Italy for over 30 years now. (It's ok, his Italian wife is from Treviso, she gets it!) The fruit of this love affair is the selection of truly delicious and finely crafted Italian wines that he imports into New Zealand. With his son Luca and daughter Francesca playing an active role in the business, John and his family have carefully chosen wines that capture the heart and soul of the regions they are made from.
Piave Malanotte is a DOCG appellation centered on the Piave river and at least 70% of the blend for these well-structured red wines must be made from the Raboso Piave grape. A portion of the grapes used to make this wine have been dried on racks in the traditional appassimento style, resulting in a richly concentrated wine with notes of red fruit, spice and smoke. With firm tannins, this powerful wine will pair well with rich, red meat dishes.
John says “Crafted from the ancient Raboso grape that is native to our region, Malanotte is a style of wine that almost died out. My friends at Casa Roma winery kept a passion for this remarkably rich and complex red, one of the longest maturing of any Italian wines, and they have helped in its resurrection – a story that seems very fitting when they retell the legend of Malanotte being the wine Jesus shared at the Last Supper!"
The winery writes "This wine presents an intriguing bouquet of red fruits – from blackberry to keri-berry, dark plum and black currant; other aromas include wood spice, toast, tar, brown sugar and smoke. On the palate – dry, firm, plenty of tannins engage and challenge the senses and in typical Italian fashion dominate and demand food; plenty of acidity then fruit flavours that match the nose. Weighty and quite meaty, with a lengthy and fairly concentrated finish."