About the Wine
Lambrusco has a bit of a bad reputation in Australia, mainly thanks to some low-quality offerings that have permeated throughout the market for many years. This is a shame, as the grape (or grapes, as there are several different varieties in the Lambrusco family) is a very old variety native to Italy which can actually produce some vibrant sparkling wines which have little resemblance to the "lolly water" often associated with Lambrusco.
The Podere Sottoilnoce Puntorosso will correct all your previous notions of Lambrusco. With an array of red fruit characters and spice, as well as some meatiness, salinity and truffle, this wine has depth on the palate, acidity to keep it fresh, and tannin to give it some grip.
About Podere Sottoilnoce
Podere Sottoilnoce (the name means "under the walnut tree") is the brand of winemaker Max Brondolo, situated in the small town of Castelvetro di Modena in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Brondolo's entire philosophy revolves around minimal intervention, with a love of wine which was formed in part by his grandparents' vineyard in the Asti region of Piemonte.
Brondolo works six hectares of vineyards, focusing on Lambrusco, Trebbiano, and other indigenous Italian varieties, using biodynamic farming principles. Many of the grape varieties are virtually unknown to outsiders, and Brondolo offers a range of white, red and rose wines in still, sparkling and "semi-sparkling", such as a delicious Lambrusco.