Mirco Mariotti - 2019 'Set e Mez' Rose Frizzante

Mirco Mariotti's wines are traditionally made, full of historic charm without pretence. They hail from some of the most unique terroir – in the eastern part of Emilia-Romagna right next to the Adriatic Sea. Grown literally on the beach 300 metres from the sea, many vines are over a century old. They're as gnarly and raw as they come, delivering stunning savoury notes and herbal salinity.

Mirco's 'Set e Mez' Rose Frizzante (named after a local card game played on the beach) is from the rare Fortana grape refermented in bottle. It’s a high acid and savoury varietal with an amaro-like bitterness and spice. Hovering between sparkling, rosé and orange (it's the lovliest hot salmon colour), this wine tickles your tastebuds with tart red cherries and grapefruit, strawberries, melon and minerals. Do as the Romagna locals do – eat grilled flatbread sandwiches and drink this sweating bottle of frizzante while playing cards on the beach.

Variety Fortana || Region Emilia-Romagna, Italy || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml