Marolo Chinato, Piedmont $80 / 750ml
Chinato is a bitter-sweet digestif from Piedmont, based on Barolo wine infused with quinine bark and many other herbs and spices including rhubarb, gentian, orange peel, cardamom and clove. Dark tawny in colour, it has intense aromas of all the above. It’s dense and heady with both sweetness and tannin, balanced out by strong bitterness. Serve after meals. 16.5 per cent alcohol.
Food: dark chocolate or nothing
Stockist: Blackhearts & Sparrows, Melbourne. www.lacantinawines.com.au