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  • Giulio II

    Giulio II

    Montefalco DOC 2019 (Organic)


    Category: Red Wine


      Full bodied, ripe berries and abundant spice aromas.

      We stumbled on this wine over a long lunch in a small medieval town in central Italy and wow we’re pleased we did. Giulio II is a careful balance between two native Italian grapes, Sangiovese and Sagrantino, and the classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a kind of Italy meets France in a bottle.

      The result is a wonderfully full-bodied wine with silky integrated tannins. Packed full of intense aromas of raspberries and blackberries that are complemented with inviting spices of star anise, ginger, sweet liquorice and black pepper. Ripe pomegranate, raspberry and blackberry flavours are delivered in a luscious ruby red wine with violet hues. It looks great and tastes even better.


      Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
      Bronze medal

    • Details
      Grape70% Sangiovese
      15% Sagrantino
      10% Merlot
      5% Cabernet Sauvignon
      Grapes pickedBy hand
      Small batch16,000 bottles per year
      Cellaring10-15 years
      Serving temp.18°C
    Le Thadee

    From the winemaker

    Umbrian red wines are renowned for their boldness, and their need to be paired with a substantial meal to be enjoyed. Considering that, we created a blend that is predominantly Sangiovese to take it on a more modern path, enhancing the roundness and fruit-forward notes it can have. Ultimately making it more approachable, easy to drink and flexible so it can be drunk with or without food whilst still retaining its nature as a full-bodied wine. To do this, we harvest our Sangiovese when it is just about ripe and then later in the process carefully blend it with three other grapes.

    The result is a modern and very enjoyable take on Montefalco Rosso.

    Giulio II is dedicated to Giuliano della Rovere, bishop of Foligno, who often stayed in Montefalco (part of his domain), and who later became pope Giulio II.

    Food pairing

    The ripe fruits, spices and integrated tannins in Giulio II are a match made in heaven for delicious duck dishes and in particular those cooked with fruity sauces or Chinese spices. It also pairs beautifully with:

    • Roasted or barbecued meats such as pork ribs, juicy steaks or rack of lamb.
    • Red Thai curry with duck
    • Rogan josh
    • Spicy Hunan style chilli beef
    • Any rich pasta ragù
    • Wild mushroom risotto
    • Lamb cutlets or roasted aubergine with herby couscous, feta and pomegranate salad
    • Cheese platters laden with Gorgonzola, taleggio and sharp tangy cheddar

    Did you know?

    This wine comes from the vineyard-clad hillsides of Montefalco in Umbria. An area steeped in winemaking tradition dating back to Roman times that produces memorable wines, many of which are not often seen outside of Italy.

    Montefalco is one of the few Italian towns to grow vines inside the city walls.

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