Casata Mergè Sesto 21 Syrah
£24.75 (inc VAT)
Sounds like a supercar. Fruit on the grid, cocoa on the straight, velvet on the finish line.
It's not just us, right? Sesto 21 Shiraz Lazio IGP sounds like something you'd throw around the Nürburgring. This has the beautiful shine of a sports car, intense ruby red colour with purple nuances. All sorts of fruit at the beginning, then subtler and more savoury flavours with a long velvety finish. Good ageing potential like the best sports cars as beauty never goes out of style.
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.