2020 Podere Sottoilnoce Saldalama

Emilia-Romagna, Italy

A sparkling Lambrusco from Italy that will satisfy any lover of red Aussie sparkling.



Rated 3.0 stars
2 Reviews

About the Wine

Farmed from 6.5 hectares of biodynamically grown grapes in the medieval village of Castelvetro di Modena, in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, winemaker Max Brondolo is helping to keep many ancient grape varieties alive and in the public consciousness. The Podere Sottoilnoce Saldalama includes 10% white grapes, which makes it a little bit more interesting and vibrant.

If you're a fan of red Aussie sparklings made from shiraz, then you'll be in the same ballpark with the Podere Sottoilnoce Saldalama, although with a different flavour profile. Here you have lots of savoury characters such as meat, forest floor and spice, as well as dried and fresh red fruits, making it a great pairing with savoury, meat-based dishes.

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.

Winemaker Max Brondolo in the vineyard
Winemaker Max Brondolo in the vineyard
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Additional Info

From the Importer

Max Brondolo started Podere Sottoilnoce in 2016; 6.5 ha of beautiful vineyards located all around Castelvetro di Modena, hills for Lambrusco at its best and pastures for Parmigiano Reggiano.

These bottle-refermented sparkling wines made with local - and sometimes forgotten grapes, both black and white, really blown my mind when I first tried them.

Blend : Lambrusco Grasparossa (80%), Lambrusco di Sorbara (10%), Trebbiano Modenese (10%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Crown Seal
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

The vines
The vines 'under the walnut tree'...
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"This is red grape with some white grape in it, but a Lambrusco just the same. Savoury elements strong in this wine, but it doesn’t forget to be refreshing, chewy and crunchy, and all things great that are Lambrusco. Game meat, woody spice, turned earth, undergrowth and dried and fresh cherry and cranberry. Vibrant expression, delicious." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews
Rated 3.0 stars
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2 reviews
  • G
    Verified Buyer
    I do not recommend this product
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 1 stars
    2 months ago
    Severe Brett fault

    I bought 2 bottles of this for a special dinner at fairly great expense, poured it down the sink. All we could taste was burned rubber and band aids. Really disappointing. Suspect a brettanomyces fault. Natural wine living up to its unstable nature.

    TasteRated 1.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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  • SR
    Stephen R.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 stars
    7 months ago
    Sparkling Surprise!

    Forget what you ever thought of Lambrusco, and discover what beauty can be made from it, with this Italian stunner. This has real body, and fans of Aussie sparkling reds will love this, and the fact it has all the hallmarks of great Italian reds from Central Italy. It’s bright, savory and spicy - a delicious mouth filler just ready for meaty Autum goodness on the lunch table. Something refreshing, vibrant, different and a top recommendation from me.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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