Among the organic wines produced at Chiesa del Carmine, at the foot of Monte Tezio in a protected valley to the north of Perugia, are two regional gems made from local grapes – Trebbiano Spoletino and Sagrantino…
Chiesa del Carmine Trebbiano Spoletino Umbria Bianco IGT
This is an uncommon variety of Trebbiano and is named after the pretty hill top town of Spoleto. It is an Umbrian specialty, just like that other regional grape offering, Sagrantino. Whereas Sagrantino is a red wine grape, Trebbiano Spoletino is a white wine grape. One that is well worth discovering in its differing guises from still to sparkling, dry to sweet and pale to deeper hued. In saying that, you might find it difficult to find as just over 30 producers sell a Trebbiano Spoletino wine.
This Chiesa del Carmine version is organic and is fresh, fragrant, fruity. There is also a lovely textural and spice element to it thanks to 6 months manual lees stirring. The ripe aromatic peach, nectarine, honey and floral intensity is layered with some gentle savoury pastry spice. As the first sip moves through the mouth, it leaves a silkiness in its wake.
It is fuller in body, generous in flavour and well balanced with some soft acid. As that mouthful finishes, the solid fruit takes on a citrus twist.
This make it a nice accompaniment to seafood or cream based pasta dishes. However, it is a good wine for just sitting and enjoying with friends too. €17.5 cellar door. Watch out for it soon in Australia.
Chiesa del Carmine ‘Il Campanile‘ Umbria Rosso IGT
This is a plush and velvety Umbrian organic red blend. Sangiovese , that Italian work horse features heavily in this wine. It is joined by an Umbrian specialty, Sagrantino and a dash of merlot. Sagrantino is better known as the red hero of Montefalco to the south and known as much for its violet and berry character as its muscular tannins. It is unsurprising then, that the Il Campanile’s perfumed nose is fragrant with violets, cherries, spice and a sprig of rosemary.
The palate has a warm undertone of cinnamon thanks to some time in French oak. The pretty fruit and spice flow seamlessly to the finish. The sagrantino’s tannins have been tamed in this blend and adds an elegance to the texture and mouthfeel.
The Il Campanile is a versatile red that will be just as good with a steak as it will a meaty pasta dish. Give it a little time to loosen up and bring it all back into balance and let the fragrance free. €15 from cellar door.
In Australia, look for Chiesa Del Carmine wines via vinoitaliano.com.au
Of course, they also produce rosato wines such as this one:
Chiesa del Carmine Rosabella della Chiesa Umbria Rosato IGT
An organic merlot rosé styled to capture the fruitier side of pink hued wines. Chill this right down to enjoy over lunch or as a sun downer. The strawberry fruit is ripe and infused with sage savouriness and there is a line of fresh acid to balance.
It is generously proportioned for a ‘rosato’ with lush cherry fruit curving along the palate. The Rosabella is all about upfront refreshment and works well with food. €12.5
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