Frescobaldi Massovivo Ammiraglia 2018, perfect with Battle Creek’s Beatrix Goat Cheese…

Frescobaldi Massovivo Ammiraglia 2018

Convention has it that one drinks red wine with cheese. Fine if it is a full-blown hard cheese or a soft creamy blue like a 6month old Gorgonzola. Some years ago, a dear friend introduced me to the joys of white wine with cheese. They truly are joys. Certainly, in the case of cream or cottage cheese made from cow or goat milk, and if you are fortunate a sheep milk cheese. I remember travelling in Portugal and in Sintra, south of Lisbon there was a charming little wine bar, run by a young and enthusiastic local who rejoiced in the name of Nunu. He had taken a sheep milk cheese Queso de Estrella in its lilt willow case and popped it into the oven for a short while. He then took a little knife out of his pocket, cut off the upper crust and inside was this fondue like deliciousness which we mopped up with tiny chunks of bread. It was served with a local white wine. Some 12 years later, I can still remember the joy of the tastes working so well together.

Lambert Frescobaldi who heads up the Frescobaldo Family Wine Business

Recently we had, from a friend, two tubs of goat cheese, from Battle Creek in the Magaliesberg, branded Beatrix Goat Cheese. One was plain and one was herbed in the most subtle way. We had two goes at the cheeses, one with the most sublime of German Rieslings and the second with a Tuscan white, the Frescobaldi Massovivo Ammiraglia 2018. Made from the Vermentino grape, the wine was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks.

Vermentino Grapes ripening on the vine

From a uniquely shaped bespoke bottle, clear and tinged with lime green, and closed with natural cork. The label is simple and elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is pale lemon straw in colour. The aromas are as delicate as the colour, field flowers and citrus appear and then the whiffs of white fleshed peaches and nectarines. A vibrant entry with a full, well balanced mid palate, rich and fresh. Lovely long gently waning aftertaste. This is a wine with which I could fall in love.

The Frescobaldi Massovivo Ammiraglia 2018 is a wine for gentle sipping as a mid-morning refresher or as an aperitif before a meal. Perfect with a tranche of SASSI friendly hake, pan fried in butter with lemon and parsley, sea salt and a grind of pepper. The Beatrix Goat’s Cheese were a perfect match.

In Johannesburg, you can buy this cheese by calling Sue at 083 252 8944 or

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You can buy the wine from Reciprocal Wines – CLICK HERE


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