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Italian Festival Masterclass 1: Is Prosecco becoming more serious?

Italian Festival Masterclass 1: Is Prosecco becoming more serious?

Please note that these tickets will need to be purchased in addition to your festival entry ticket which is available on Webtickets.
45-minute sessions | Limited seats available.

SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 MARCH: 11:00 – 11:45
IS PROSECCO BECOMING MORE SERIOUS – R150 pp

The most successful export out of Italy for the last 15 years is rethinking its positioning in the international market. Last year, we visited the experts at the Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, the main DOCG area for Prosecco Superiore, to learn how this 18-kilometer stretch of Prosecco countryside has been divided into 19 sub-zones and 43 Rive MGAs (or site-specific banks).

We discovered that the cutting edge of Prosecco is becoming far more serious, as the category looks to mount a long-term challenge to Champagne. We learn that at least 10% more prosecco is now being vinified drier, either as brut or extra brut. Does this mean Prosecco is becoming less lovable?

Our tasting navigates the territories and producers we represent. We explain what to look out for on the label and why one bottle costs more than another. Taste Prosecco DOC, and compare it to Prosecco Superiore DOCG from the cru areas of Asolo, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, its Rive, and Cartizze!

Wines from La Delizia, Giusti, Bellenda, and La Tordera.

 

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Italian Festival Masterclass 2: Chianti Classico Turns 100

Italian Festival Masterclass 2: Chianti Classico Turns 100

Please note that these tickets will need to be purchased in addition to your festival entry ticket which is available on Webtickets.
45-minute sessions | Limited seats available.

SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 MARCH: 12:15 – 13:00
CHIANTI CLASSICO TURNS 100 – R200 pp

Tuscany’s oldest, most powerful consortium, which carries the symbol of the Gallo Nero or Black Rooster on its bottles was established in 1924 and celebrates 100 years of existence this year. But the story doesn’t start there…we present a fascinating historical overview of Chianti going back to Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance and then modern times. We follow the trials and tribulations of the Chianti Wars which ultimately culminated in 2 DOC regions being formed – Chianti and Chianti Classico, the latter respecting the historic area that was decreed by Cosimo III dei Medici in Florence in 1716. Our tasting zooms in on Chianti Classico (CC) and we taste and compare Annata and Riserva wines from three different Chianti Classico MGAs.

Try wines from historic producers Badia a Coltibuono (Gaiole in Chianti), Castello di Volpaia (Radda in Chianti) and Bindi Sergardi (Vagliagli). If there is time, we taste a Gran Selezione!

 

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Italian Festival Masterclass 3: Banfi, Montalcino & the other Tuscany

Italian Festival Masterclass 3: Banfi, Montalcino & the other Tuscany

Please note that these tickets will need to be purchased in addition to your festival entry ticket which is available on Webtickets.
45-minute sessions | Limited seats available.

SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 MARCH: 15:00 – 15:45
BANFI, MONTALCINO & THE OTHER TUSCANY – R200 pp

Part 2 of our Tuscany feature focuses on unpacking and explaining the region’s other denominations and styles. Sangiovese is a versatile variety but some examples can be lean and austere, with high natural acidity. Drinking with food becomes imperative. One of the first Tuscan winemaking responses to give the grape more international appeal was to use a portion of raisined berries to intensify the flavours. This so-called ‘Governo method’ was the precursor to today’s famous appassimento-style wines found in the Veneto region.
Other solutions included blending Sangiovese with international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In this tasting we compare some classic style Chianti to a Governo wine which is making a comeback, followed by some modern IGTs with more international appeal. We move on to tasting the two famous Montalcino wines, Rosso and Brunello. In the tasting, we also focus on some of the wines from Castello Banfi, one of our benchmark producers.
Just because we can, we might also throw in a South African Sangiovese for fun.

 

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Idiom Zinfandel 2019

Idiom Zinfandel 2019

Silky and spicy. This elegant, medium-bodied expression of Stellenbosch Zinfandel, also known as Primitivo, exhibits a superb power-to-weight ratio. Aromas of raspberry and bay leaf dominate the nose. An effortless entry leads to an explosive revolving tray of sage, tobacco leaf and cranberry flavours combining gracefully on the palate. A versatile and refreshing wine with an attractive long finish. Try with Karoo lamb, bbq ribs, sushi and wasabi, or grilled vegetables.

 

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Idiom Viognier 2020

Idiom Viognier 2020

An opulent, barrel-fermented Viognier with a typical light straw colour. Initial top notes of yellow citrus fruits develop into a complex melange of tinned peach, shortbread and chamomile on the nose. This medium to full-bodied wine has an elegant, buttery mid palate followed by a lingering sensation of nougat and orange blossoms. Serve chilled and enjoy the evolution of flavours in the glass. Try with veal, pork and roast chicken.

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Idiom Sangiovese 2020

Idiom Sangiovese 2020

Enticing and emotive. This modern and elegant Stellenbosch Sangiovese presents a tantalizing nose and vibrant mouthfeel. Initial signature, red cherry flavours develop into sweet savoury spices, complex gravel, and cinnamon notes with fine tannins on the finish. A silky well-balanced wine to treasure and enjoy. Try with pork belly or Fiorentina steak.

Tasting Notes:

2019

Watch a Video about the Sangiovese Grape

 

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Idiom Barbera 2020

Idiom Barbera 2020

A rich and dark barbera from low yielding Stellenbosch vineyards. Deep red in appearance. This distinguished wine exhibits typical varietal aromas of dark cherries, plums and leather with delicate hints of raspberries. Complexity and elegance are hallmarks of this vintage. Try this versatile wine with rich dishes like tagliatelle ragu, mushroom pasta, dark red meats or root vegetables.

Tasting Notes

2020

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Idiom Bianco di Stellenbosch 2022

Idiom Bianco di Stellenbosch 2022

Light straw in colour with citrus zest, acacia flowers and hints of flinty minerality on the nose. Elegant mouthfeel with flavours of white pear and green apple. This refreshing wine with a well-structured, mid-palate showcases the great potential of Pinot Grigio from South Africa. Delicious drinking wine for aperitivo, antipasto and seafood.

Tasting Notes:

2022

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Idiom 900 Series Nebbiolo 2019

Idiom 900 Series Nebbiolo 2019

A rich and noble red. This expression of Nebbiolo, from low-yielding Stellenbosch vineyards, has a dark garnet colour, with a ripe bouquet of red fruits and roses. Orange peel and plum flavours intermingle on the palate with hints of tar and bayleaf. The silky structured tannins indicate a wine that will reward cellaring.

Pair with ribeye steak, roast turkey, sausage and duck or with the umami flavours of sushi and soy sauce for a wow experience.

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Idiom Italian Varietals Case

Idiom Italian Varietals Case

A celebration of terroir, unusual varietals and masterful blends, Idiom is so-called because it is home to the Cape expression of so many European classics.

This case includes wines made from grapes that originate in Italy but have been grown in our vineyards and produced by us. Sample some amazing Cape Terroir – Italian Wines:

This special case of 6 Italian varietal wines includes:
– 1 x Idiom Bianco 2022
– 1 x Idiom Rosso 2019
– 1 x Idiom Sangiovese 2019
– 1 x Idiom Zinfandel 2018
– 1 x Idiom Barbera 2020
– 1 x Idiom Barbera 900 Series 2015

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Idiom Semillon 2020

Idiom Semillon 2020

A complex, medium to full bodied example of barrel fermented Semillon. Delicate custard and subtle lime- cordial aromas with notes of musk and white spices. A voluptuous, waxy mid-palate with hints of asparagus, white pepper and biscuit reveal Semillon’s zesty, rich character and inherent structure. A wine that will benefit from cellaring and a definite food companion. Enjoy with scallops, white meats, or dishes with cream sauces.

Tasting Notes:

2020

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Idiom Malbec 2019

Idiom Malbec 2019

A small production, occasional, limited release of malbec. A rich, medium-bodied wine with purple plum and blackcurrant aromas. Evolving flavours of tobacco and juicy brambleberries are supported by velvety tannins and a long lingering finish. A bright, fruity and fresh malbec. Decanting recommended. Try with steak, pork or lamb – topped with a pepper, sage, chimichurri or creamy mushroom sauce.

Tasting Notes:

2019

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