Casata Mergè, Sesto 21 Sauvignon Blanc, 2018, Lazio IGT, Italy
£28.75 (inc VAT)
Greenish gold and glorious, from the disgustingly photogenic Mergè family winemakers. Yellow fruit, tropical fruits, green apple, herby notes.
Sesto 21 is the Mergè family's flagship range, and this is everything a flagship Sauvignon should be. The grapes are picked and boxed in the early morning to avoid the Lazio heat. Fresh and opulent, delightful when opened, even better when given time.
On the border between Frascati and Monte Porzio Catone, in an area so picturesque the ancient Romans used to holiday there, live the disgustingly photogenic Mergè family. They treat the land they live on and their viticulture heritage as a precious gift, and try to create wines that respect and reflect that gift. The fact that the land is perfect for supporting old (like, century-old) vines helps a lot with that, but no one could deny that the secret is the hard work all three generations of the Mergè family put in.