Sixty-one producers gathered at the Marina Mandarin this year bringing with them wines from all over Italy. This is the 2nd time Gamberro Rosso has brought the roadshow to Singapore. We had the honour of a private tour around the exhibition with Mr. Lorenzo Ruggeri, International Wine editor of Gambero Rosso. We began with white wines and it was a Prosecco from Nino Franco that got us hankering for lots of delicious wine. Next, we got to see the many faces of the Vermentino grape. At the Capichera booth, a Sardinian Vermentino called Vigna’ngena (DOCG) showed upfront notes of orange, red apple and ripe fruit. Made from a late harvest and aged in oak, this wine had lovely saline flavours. The other wine, also from Capichera, called Santigaini (IGT), was a completely different wine with honey, caramel, floral, citrus fruit, herbs and a textured finish. Just to understand how the grape responds on the mainland, Mr. Ruggeri suggested we taste a Vermentino from Liguria. This other Vermentino, from Cantine Lunae Bosoni, called ‘black label or reserve’ Colli di Luni Vermentino. This wine showed yet another face of the grape – with its bright zesty flavours of wildflowers and incredibly memorable mouthfeel. Next up, a PInot Grigio called Punggl from Nals Margreid in the Alto Adige. Needless to say, after many other white wines we came to the reds. Too many to mention, we did finish off with a duo of reds – a Fattoria Poggio di Sotto, Rosso di Montalcino and an Amarone from Tenute Sant’ Antonio. And we regretted not arriving earlier to taste the many wines of other equally distinguished producers whose names need no introduction – Conti Zecca, Di Majo Norante, Falesco, Gaja, Masciarelli, Poliziano, La Spinetta, San Guido, Valle Reale, and Zonin, to name a few.
Look out for Gamberosso 2014 – March in Singapore