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Italy’s Best White Wine – Ludicrously Inexpensive!

Now here’s a seriously gorgeous Italian white that recently wowed the judges at the Decanter Magazine World Wine Awards. There are times when certain awards can be taken with a pinch of salt, however when a wine is rated as the top Italian white in the whole of Italy (yes, the entire country!) then you take notice – especially when it costs a fraction of the price of the runner up. This has a retail price of £15.25 per bottle but is available to order here by the case at £87 per 6/£14.50 per bottle.

2021 Greco di Tufo, Lapilli, Campania, Italy @ £87 per case (6 bottles)

If you’re looking for a delicious white to drink in the garden over as it starts to get warmer, then you’ll be hard pressed to find a better one at this price. The Lapilli Greco di Tufo is bursting with white peach and apricot fruit along with tantalisingly fresh minerality. The vineyard is at an altitude of 450m and this elevation allows the grapes to slowly reach optimum ripeness by the end of October when they are harvested by hand. The soil here also has a high level of limestone which gives the wine extra complexity. After fermentation, the wine has three months in tank ageing on its lees and then further ageing in bottle.

Greco di Tufo is a grape variety that was introduced to the region by the Greeks in the first century BC. It totally thrives on the volcanic soils of Campania and is found in all the best bars and restaurants on the nearby Amalfi Coast. If you have visited that beautiful part of Italy then I am sure you will know Greco di Tufo – if not, then this is the perfect time to become acquainted with one of the area’s finest liquid creations. This is an absolute belter of a wine for the money with so much going on. Along with the lovely stone fruit you have touches of pear, almond and sage and all so beautifully balanced. Offering it at £14.50 per bottle, Songbird Wines is the cheapest on the UK market. Below is what they said in Decanter Magazine –

“With a sniff, you might imagine you were up in the mountains, or by a great ocean: fresh, sappy, ripely green, almost evoking Pessac-Léognan or the Pinot Bianco wines of Alto Adige. On the palate, you feel the southern width, depth, sinew and plump fruits, yet the poise and freshness never leave the wine.” Best In Show, 97 points Decanter Magazine.

I couldn’t have put it better myself. So, what about the other winners? Well, in second place with 97 points and the platinum award was 2019 Terlano I Primo Grande Cuvée, Cantina Terlano, Alto Adige and the cost? £210 per bottle!! I think we can safely say that makes the Lapilli Greco di Tufo look ludicrously inexpensive.

I’ve managed to secure an initial 20 cases of this lovely wine and I do not expect that to last very long with its amazing accolades. Please email your requirements to orders@songbirdwine.co.uk and we will aim to dispatch your order ASAP if the wine is still available.

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