Mixing with three cool Italians

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Triade (or triad, but skipping the gang associations) is a new wine available at Waitrose.

A blend of three grapes, of course; Fiano, Falanghina and Greco this wine is an attempt to bring us something new and modern from the south of Italy.

It has been created by what seems to be a very 'international' wine business, in the positive sense of it being aware of the needs of the international wine consumer but attempting to deliver something uniquely Italian, called Orion Wines (sorry about the Flash on the link – they're not yet *fully* aware of customer needs obviously).

Like the wine, the company itself seems to have a thing for the number 3, with 3 names behind the business (a winemaker, a marketer and a logistics specialist … hmm, sounds like the beginning of a joke), and a "team of 3 full time winemakers" who go around Italy creating these wines.

This particular wine is easy to drink and pleasant, with lots of tropical fruit flavours of ripe pineapple, apricot and a hint of vanilla & honey too. As a drinking wine with more robust foods it is attractive, although it is not a "cheap" alternative coming in at over £8.50.

My only niggle would be that it is a bit TOO international. The fruit is attractive and ripe, but I don't know at all whether it speaks to me of Italy, but maybe that's my own limitations. The real south of Italy (such as this from Campania, but also Puglia and my personal favourite, Sicilia) are very different climates to the more 'classic' areas that tend to be from the centre or the North of the country. 

I love the idea of blends, but as with an increasing number of wines, I find that barrel fermentation, which was done on 20% of each of these grapes before blending, masks a lot of what makes a wine unique to that region. Unless, of course, it is the oak ageing that you are after, like in Rioja, Bordeaux, etc. In this case, the wine already seems to have a decent "roundness" (a sensation of being full bodied) from the fruit, which with a higher level of alcohol (it says 13% but could be a bit more), means that it probably didn't need any more from the oak and distracts from being a fresher wine. But I'm probably being over-critical.

In any case, it seems to be doing well, because although I only bought my bottle on Saturday, they appear to be out of stock as I write this on Tuesday. I am assuming there will be more available soon.

Three cheers for all the threes at Orion, and I look forward to trying more of their wines at some point.

  • wine_scribbler

    Cracked open a bottle of this just the other day… rather enjoyed it, but have to disagree those three Italian grapes, a nice blast of lemony fruit, food focused acidity and a nice ripeness certainly said ‘Italy’ to me…

  • Robert McIntosh

    Thanks Andrew – I got less lemon and more pineapple, and more body than acidity, but it was a single bottle with dinner so I may need to revisit it 🙂

  • Jonthewine

    I’m guessing that this was 2010? I agree with you Rob on the pineapple / international styling & although I do still enjoy it I did prefer the previous vintage which seemed leaner & to have less ‘clever winemaking’ going on although the style was still quite ‘international’ compared to other whites that I’ve had from Campania.

  • Juel Mahoney

    Hi Rob, thanks for more information about the company behind the wine. I would have to say that even though this is a blend, and that is unusual for the area, I would stop short of saying this is an international style. This most definitely has the taste of Campania, structurally with the acidity and the core mouthfeel which is very obviously the area behind Naples (which is technically Southern Italy). The blend is different, but I’d find it hard to find another international wine similar to it. There are many, many blends in Italy. I think it works. If you are interested in any other Italian whites, here’s my review of it and all the new white wines at Waitrose: http://www.vinissima.net/?p=1008Sante!

  • Elena

    thanks for your comment about the our wine. as far as I can see from the bottle shot this is still 2009. 2010 is clearly fresher. personally i think that the oak adds a bit of elegance to the blend and makes a bit of difference… just to add an extra information about the wine: this is a first to market wine, no one else has ever blended this three indigenious grape varieties together.ps.i do like also also your “not almost” positive comments will pass them on to Alessandro, the winemaker, they are also always very helpful – and i am not being sarcastic.pss i agree with you on the comment re our web site. we will launch very soon a new one with all the new wines we have added to our range.psss. recent new wine we have launched and could be interesting for you http://www.settevinge.com – again website is not yet finished…but as you like the fashs…

  • Elena

    http://www.settevigne.com …sorry…a really unique wine.

  • Robert McIntosh

    Grazie Elena, I shall look at the site 🙂

  • Robert McIntosh

    having just paid the site a quick visit, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure there is a “skip this intro” option. I HATE sites that force me to watch a meaningless animation before getting to the information I have asked for. Thanks!Do let me know if the wine becomes available in the UK

  • Elena

    I know about the flash…not available in uk at the moment, but if you are interested…orion wines is not generous only about the use of flash. I could send you a sample…just for your curiousness.  <o:p></o:p>Elena Ciurletti<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>Via Peratoner, 30 – 38015 Lavis (TN) – Italy<o:p></o:p>Tel: +39 0461 247135 Fax: +39 0461  249568<o:p></o:p>Mobile: +39 345 1392544<o:p></o:p>E-mail: [email protected]<o:p></o:p>http://www.orion-wines.com<o:p></o:p>Ai sensi del Codice in materia di protezione dei dati personali ( d.L.vo 196/03), il contenuto di questa e-mail e degli eventuali allegati sono riservati e ad uso esclusivo del destinatario. Chiunque riceva questo messaggio per errore è pregato di distruggerlo e contattare il mittente.<o:p></o:p>Si informa inoltre che la risposta alla presente compresi eventuali allegati potrebbero essere visionati, ai fini del disbrigo delle competenze lavorative, anche da altro personale addetto.<o:p></o:p>Da: Posterous [mailto: