Italy tends to be under represented here at Chateau Purple Teeth so I've taken advantage of the supermarket discounts to sample some Italian whites.
Greco is an aromatic (but not too aromatic) white grape from Campania in the south of Italy, with the Tufo DOCG being the most well-known quality zone for producing it.
Known as a full bodied, herbaceous and mineral wine with hints of apricot, this £10.99 Tre Fiori (before discount) wine was a little lighter in body than I'd expected.
Mr Purple Teeth's initial thought was pineapple - but not sweet almost slightly underripe.
It has a good streak of acidity with an almost steely mineral finish. Medium bodied and 12.5% alcohol makes it a pleasant afternoon or lunchtime pairing for fish, or even salads. Clean and elegant in style, with hints of melon or papaya and a fairly herbal note, almost basil like, it's fresh yet has bags of complexity,
Without oak, it's accessible to anyone who likes a light and crisp style and is ready to explore a bit more. £7.50 with the 25% off at the moment, buys you a good wine worthy of talking about
Mr PT rates it buy again.
This £7.50 (roughly) M&S version was smooth and rounded but with a clean crisp edge. Not overly waxy or aromatic, with a predominantly melon flavour. It may be past its best in this 2014 vintage. I'm afraid I have to keep looking.
I also tried the Petit Chablis (not Italian of course) and similarly found little to recommend it. Both are drinkable and not a rip off during the discount period, but I won't buy them again.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Picpoul de Pinet (2015), with a Decanter silver medal, represents my safe bet at £9 (before discount) for summer aperitifs or pouring with fish and seafood.