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Castello Vicchiomaggio, La Prima, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 (1x75cl)

The 2013 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition review of the top tiers of Chianti Classico (see blue link below).

Castello Vicchiomaggio La Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 - May 2018 Decanter review

The historical origins of Castello Vicchiomaggio can be traced back to the 5th century. The present owners, the Matta family, acquired the property in 1964 and restored it back to its former splendour. The estate, with 150 hectares, is one of the largest in the area, and of these, 32 hectares are dedicated to the vine. Castello Vicchiomaggio produces several styles of wine, from the traditional to the innovative. In order to achieve this, the estate has been carefully classified according to its soil type and exposure. All production and winemaking is supervised by John Matta. The hallmark of John's wines is elegance, perfumed, stylish and all have beautiful balance. These wines truly show off the Sangiovese grape at its best. Vicchiomaggio is consistently classified amongst Italy's top estates and John Matta has been named IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 14 years.

The sustainably cultivated vines are grown in La Prima vineyard where the soils are marl and clay. Gran Selezione is a DOCG Chianti category and is produced exclusively with grapes from single vineyards or selected from the estate's best-suited vineyards. In addition to having stricter technical and organoleptic characteristics, Gran Selezione wines can only be released to the market 30 months after the grape harvest, having spent at least three months in bottle. These features place this at the summit of the Chianti Classico quality pyramid.

The Chianti Classico region experienced a balanced climate during the 2015 vintage. Warm weather in spring allowed the buds to flower evenly. This was followed by fantastic weather conditions during the growing season, warm, sunny days with low rainfall were balanced by cooler nights, enabling the grapes to reach excellent maturity levels in a healthy condition and with concentrated flavours. 2015 is considered an excellent vintage.

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks, with regular pump-overs of the cap to ensure the desired levels of aeration. The wine was matured in French oak barriques for a period of 20 months, followed by one year maturation in the bottle.

This wine is made using Sangiovese 90%, Merlot 10%.

A complex bouquet showing aromas of red and black berried fruit, with hints of lemon, tobacco leaves and a touch of toasted oak. Full, velvety and complex flavours shine through on the sublimely smooth palate leading to a fresh and elegant finish. A superb pairing with roast beef, a rack of lamb, steak or mushroom ravioli.

ABV = 14.0%.

£36.05

Castiglion Del Bosco Rosso di Montalcino 2011 (1x 75cl)

Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate. The estate, with 62 hectares of vineyards (51 of which are permitted for Brunello production) is located in the Val d’Orcia National Park, a UNESCO site, to the north west of Montalcino, near Buonconvento. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.

The grapes are sourced from the 20 hectare Guaggiole vineyard on the northern side of the estate which lies at altitude of 260-300 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly clay resulting in a structured Rosso. Vines are spur pruned, cordon trained and planted at a density of 4,500 vines per hectare.

The grapes were harvested in the second half of September, being hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 28° for 15 days. After fermentation, the juice is matured in French barriques, 20% new and 80% second-use, for six months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further six months in bottle before release.

100% Sangiovese.

A ruby red hue and delicate bouquet announce a remarkably luscious wine, well balanced and firmly structured, with a long-lingering finish. Serve with aubergine or mushroom dishes, lasagne or meat-based pasta.

ABV = 14.5%.

£15.90

Cigliano Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 (1x75cl)

** SADLY, THIS WINE HAS NOW ALL GONE AND NO MORE IS AVALABLE FROM THE PRODUCER - THIS WAS VERY MUCH 'END OF VINTAGE'. 

HOWEVER, IF TOP-END, AWARD (DWWA19)-WINNING, CHIANTI CLASSICO IS YOUR DESIRE, WE HEARTILY RECOMMEND THIS (click this link) **

Awarded a Platinum & Best in Show medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

Also awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their February 2019 tasting of Chianti Classico new releases (see blue link below).

Cigliano Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 - Feb 2019 Decanter review

The Villa del Cigliano has been in the Antinori family since 1500. The Villa is situated in the Chianti Classico area near the village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa in the Tuscan countryside, 20 km from the center of Florence. It was built in the second half of the 1400s on existing medieval buildings. Alessandro di Niccolò Antinori bought it at the end of that century, and it still belongs to the descendants of Eleonora Antinori. Today, the wine estate is still a family-run business. The company aims year after year to improve the sustainability and the eco-friendliness of the process while making traditional wines, pure expression of the terroir of this specific area of Chianti Classico, San Casciano in Val di Pesa.

The property, situated at an altitude of 300 meters consists of 60 hectares, 25 hectares of which comprise vineyards and the remainder olive trees. The wine production includes: Chianti Classico DOCG (stndard and the Riserva, as here), Vin Santo of the Chianti Classico DOC and extra virgin olive oil.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note on this, the 2016 Riserva, from the winemakers at Villa del Cigliano.

Cigliano Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 - fiche technique

"We saw a huge number of masterfully impressive Tuscan red wines this year, as you can see if you check out our Gold and Platinum winners, yet in the end the wine which stole our judges' hearts was an almost light-bodied, fine-profiled, filigree-textured, ultra-classic Chianti Classico. Don't be misled, though, by that lightness and stealthiness; the quality of its fresh fruits is outstanding, its balance is impeccable and the detail which will come with full articulacy is still a year or two away. Redcurrant and red plum purity and a veil-like subtlety of texture will beckon you on into a bottle that seems hard-wired to its vineyard origin: Tuscan earth juice. Drink 2019-2026" (DWWA19 tasting note/review).

ABV = 13.0%.

£25.00

Fattoria Di Basciano Chianti Rufina 2017 (1x75cl)

Located in the town of Rufina, Fattoria di Basciano is the estate owned by the Masi family since the beginning of 1900. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area, on the top of a hill overlooking the Argomenna Valley on one side, and the right bank of the Sieve river on the other. In the last fifteen years the estate has been engaged in a program of research and experimentation in the vineyards to reach even higher quality levels. By consistently investing, planting new vineyards, and building a new winery for the vinification and barrel ageing, Basciano continues to evolve and reach new heights.

This is the starter level wine of Fattoria Di Basciano; yet, due to their hard work and research in the vineyards as well as the excellent terroir, this wine is of the highest quality. It is a well-balanced and structured wine, which is a perfect match for grilled and roasted meats, as well as aged cheeses.

Fermentation takes place with maceration (skin contact) for approximately 20 days, at temperatures between 25 and 28°C. Malolactic fermentation is completed in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in used French oak barrels (used for 1-2 years) for 12 months.

Sangiovese 95%, Colorino 5%.

This wine has a deep ruby red colour. The bouquet is intense with berry, cherry and violet aromas. On the palate it is full, round and harmonious, with an excellent, well balanced tannic structure.

ABV = 13.5%.

£11.65

Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2017 (1x75cl)

This 470-hectare estate is located northeast of Siena in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico zone. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino than their fellow Chianti from Fontodi or Isole e Olena. Domenico Poggiali bought the estate in 1966. Giuseppe Mazzocolin, son-in-law of Domenico entered the family business in late 1970s and played a significant role in the growth of the winery. Since 1990 Giovanni Poggiali, Domenico's grandson, has joined the management and continues his grandfather's enterprise with the same passion. Giuseppe Mazzocolin is now less involved in the running of the estate, and consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei is very much at the helm of the winemaking team.

The Fèlsina vineyards are on average more than 50 years old, located at an altitude of 350-420 metres above sea level, with a good southwestern exposure. There are 5,400 vines planted per hectare. Soils are a blue-grey Quartzite sandstone mix, with layers of sand, Alberese (shale, schist and limestone) and alluvial pebbles. Vines are trained according to a simple Guyot system, with a maximum of five to eight buds per vine. Biodynamic experimentation takes place in the vineyard, although without official certification.

During the winter of 2016-17, the weather was good, with very little rain and slightly lower than usual average temperatures that helped to combat insect infestations that can damage the vines. Spring was marked by early bud burst, while the frosts that hit various Italian regions did not adversely affect the vegetation. The summer saw sunny days and constant breezes. Early July was marked by relatively elevated humidity for the coastal area. The first significant rainfall occurred in mid-September, followed again by warm, bright days, which create the ideal conditions for a healthy harvest.

Fermentation took place at 28-30°C with automatic daily punching down of the cap, followed by a 12-15 day maceration. Between late March and early April, the wine was transferred to small and medium-sized Slovenian oak casks for 12 months, followed by three months ageing in bottle before release.

100% Sangiovese.

Deep, attractive ruby red, this Chianti has a perfumed nose of wild red berries, cherries and nuances of mixed spices. On the palate, the fruit is forward, supported by supple tannins. The finish is long and spicy.

ABV = 13.5%.

£20.75

Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

Lamole is a forgotten corner of Chianti, situated high above Panzano. A few parcels of old Sangiovese, some alberello (bush-trained) as they always were in Lamole, have survived the replanting decimation of the early 1970’s because they were so far away from the heart of Chianti. It is from these old vines, planted in the 1920’s, that Giovanni Manetti took cuttings in order to propagate his own clones and replant his vineyards at Fontodi, and it is partly from these old vines that Fontodi’s quality and intensity is derived. Giovanni long harboured the dream of making a wine from Lamole, as he regards it as one of the most distinctive zones in Chianti. It is 620 metres above sea level, so the wines from the sandy soils are scented and elegant, their perfumes developed by the cool nights and long growing season at such an altitude. He convinced a cousin to work with him on seven hectares of vineyard at a property called Filetta. Together they restored the vineyard to health, and by 2014 were ready to pick their first grapes.

Filetta is the name of a seven-hectare vineyard in the heart of Chianti's Lamole zone. It is 620 metres above sea level, so the wines from the sandy soils are scented and elegant, their perfumes developed by the cool nights and long growing season at such an altitude.

This vintage had a cool, wet start to the growing season, with cooler than normal temperatures at flowering, that affected fruit set and brought the season’s yield down by roughly 15%. The summer brought hot, dry weather in July and August, but the rains that fell in mid-September, along with the return of cool nights with the start of the autumn, suited the Sangiovese grapes. The results of this unusual vintage are wines that are powerful and well-structured but also aromatic and beautifully elegant, with fantastic potential for ageing.

After picking, the grapes were carried to the Fontodi winery where they were fermented and macerated in concrete vats. The resulting wine was then aged for 15 months in French oak casks before bottling.

Made solely from Sangiovese, it has a lovely colour, with Pinot-like clarity in both the glass and on the nose. With a lifted dark cherry fragrance yielding to intense yet elegant fruit on the palate, this wine finds everything nicely supported by fine, grainy tannins.

ABV = 13.5%.

£21.70

Il Palagio di Panzano Torgentile IGT 2015 (1x75cl)

For our article on Chianti Classico and Il Palagio di Panzano, click here.

Il Palagio di Panzano produces wines that mirror the unique character of the area. They are members of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano and have made the decision to produce organic wine. For the family, sustainability for us is a synonym for “family-run”, too. They have the belief that they can guarantee the high quality of their wines by remaining as a small, family-run winery

The Torgentile is an unusual wine for the very heart of Chianti Classico country. It is 100% Merlot, but made with all the same love, care and attention used for Il Palagio's Chianti Classicos. Chianti Classico must (absolutely must) be 80% Sangiovese, and although that allows for a blend light on Merlot, it does not allow for a full Merlot blend... which is a shame given how very well it grows here. Hence, the Torgentile steps outside the Chianti Classico DOCG rules and into the denominazione of IGT Toscana which allows for the use of Merlot.

The grapes for the Torgentile are always harvested by hand from Il Palagio's single hectare of Merlot. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of  28° for 21 days. Malolactic fermentation is then allowed to occur before a full 24 months of maturation in French oak barriques.

100% Merlot.

The Torgentile is bright ruby red in colour with light reflections. The aromas are intense with hints of red fruits, spices and oak. The palate is well structured and harmonious with well-rounded, persistent tannins. The finish is reminiscent of spices, oak and liquorice. 

ABV = 14.0%.

£18.00

Il Paradiso Di Manfredi Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 (1x 75cl)

Il Paradiso di Manfredi is a tiny estate of 2.5 ha in the heart of Montalcino. In the 1950s Manfredi worked for the famous Biondi Santi estate. In 1958 he bought Il Paradiso di Manfredi where there were more olive trees than vines and indeed in that period in Montalcino the olive oil production was higher than the wine production. Initially they were harvesting around10000 kg of olives each year but at the beginning of the 1960’s a big freeze destroyed all the olive trees and Manfredi decided to replant everything with vines. In 1982 Manfredi died, and Florio, Manfred’s son in law, decided to work on the estate full time. 

Il Paradiso di Manfredi today is one of the best expressions of traditional Brunello di Montalcino. Viticulture and vineyard rhythm is effectively biodynamic (but not certified). Pesticides and weedkillers are eschewed, the waxing and waning of the moon determines activity in the vineyard and the winery. They hand-pick the grapes (yields are around 42hl/ha) ,the wild ferment takes place in concrete vats (no temperature control… ) after which the wine spends 36/40 months in big casks of Slavonian oak (25/ /30 hl ). By law a Brunello di Montalcino may be ready for the market in January five years after the harvest. For Florio a Brunello is ready when… it is ready.

After having obtained the recognition of the Commissione del Consorzio del Brunello and from the Chamber of Commerce of Siena, the wine is bottled "by gravity" to avoid the stress caused by mechanical pumps. The wine develops in bottles for many years and is strengthened thanks to its natural and pure characteristics.

This wine is 100% Sangiovese.

It is an intense wine with flavours of leather and truffle, summer berries and spice, firm tannins and a touch of minerality.

£78.05

Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino 2014 (1x75cl)

The 2012 was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Brunelllo di Montalcino 2012 (see blue links below).

Il Poggione Brunello 2012 - November 2017 Decanter review

The 2011 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status, and won a Platinum Best in Category award (www.decanter.com), in the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards  (see blue link below). 

Il Poggione 2011 - 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

High on its perch overlooking the lush Maremma, Tenuta Il Poggione has been a byword for top-quality Brunello for more than a century. Its dramatic scenery proved irresistible to Florentine landowner Lavinio Franceschi in the late 19th century, drawn to the area by the tales of a local shepherd whose sheep spent the summer months on the sunlit slopes between Montalcino and Sant’Angelo. This was wild country in those days, and agricultural techniques verged on the medieval, but Franceschi did not allow this to blind him to the land’s clear potential for making great wine. His modern approach married the best Sangiovese clones to the best vineyard land in the area – a philosophy handed down to current owners Leopoldo and Livia Franceschi, representing the fifth generation to run the winery. Il Poggione has about 125 hectares of the finest Brunello vineyards and a 10-year-old winery that combines modern equipment with a traditional approach, not least in the large French oak barrels so vital to the development of its classic Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. But there’s much more to the 600-hectare estate than vineyard: a variety of crops are interspersed among the vines, and wild animals are encouraged to thrive, transforming what might be a monoculture of the vine into a thriving example of biodiversity in practice.

Produced from the winery's oldest vineyards, planted between 150 and 450 metres (490 - 1475 ft) above sea level. The grapes were harvested by hand, while, in the winery, the wine sees 15 to 20 days of 'submerged cap' fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature 25/28 °C (77/82 F). Malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel before aging for 36 months in large French oak barrels (30 - 50 hl) followed by a long bottle aging.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Il Poggione.

Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino 2014 - fiche technique

A ruby red wine with garnet hues and a very intense, lingering and stylish bouquet with small dark berry fruit notes. The palate is dry, warm, quite smooth and tannic and the after-aroma is long-lasting.

ABV = 14.5%

£32.10

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their Italy 2019 supplement as part of an article on Chianti Classico (see blue link below).

Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico 2015 - February 2019 Decanter review

The name 'Isole e Olena' came about in the 1950s when two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena', were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined to form one. The history of both estates dates back many hundreds of years, and the earliest documentation of the village of Olena goes as far back as the 12th century. During the 1950s, the De Marchi family planted specialised vineyards and expanded the cellars. Today, the estate is run by Paolo De Marchi and his wife Marta. Paolo comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern part of Piemonte and his older son, Luca, now runs the family estate there, Proprietà Sperino.

The Isole e Olena estate covers 290 hectares, of which 49 are planted with vines and 45 with olives. The vineyards are approximately 400 metres above sea level and face south-west. The oldest vines on the estate were planted in 1958 and the youngest in 2007. Paolo was one of the first producers in Chianti Classico to plant high density vineyards with new lower yielding clones of Sangiovese in the 1980s. In many cases he returned to the poor soils on hillside sites that had been abandoned when quantity took precedent over quality. As a result of these changes, Paolo gets better grapes, and hence better wines.

2016 saw a very mild winter, but rainfall until the beginning of June allowed for important underground water reserves. Perfect temperatures during the spring and summer prompted the growth of plentiful and healthy fruit which flourished in the following dry, sunny and hot days alternating with cool nights. Heavy rainfall on 15th September brought 80 millilitres of rain over three days. The large diurnal temperature variation has given the 2016 vintage more defined aromatics than previous vintages.

Fermentation took place in tank with 15 days of maceration, délestage (or rack-and-return) and pumping-over twice a day. De Marchi first experimented with the délestage method in 1996 and subsequently began using it for all red wines from the 1997 vintage. Maturation lasted one year and took place in barrel (of which 5% was new oak) and 4,000 litre oak casks.

80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% Syrah/Shiraz.

This Chianti Classico is crimson in colour with typical sour cherry and bramble notes. The palate has a supple, lithe character full of perfumed fruit and is given depth by a mineral vein. Structure comes from the taut acidity and tannin structure.

ABV = 14.0%.

£26.25

Le Volte dell Ornellaia 2012 (1x 75cl)

We don't have a Decanter review of the 2012 vintage, but here's one of 2014 giving a flavour of the bargain the Volte represents:

Le Volte dell Ornellaia 2014 - February 2019 Decanter review

For 700 years, the Frescobaldi family who own Ornellaia have combined tradition, experience and innovation with creativity and the pursuit of excellence. The family has always looked to develop and celebrate the diversity of Tuscany’s terroir, being proud owners of some of the greatest vineyards in this region. The production philosophy at Ornellaia revolves around their obsession with excellence – at all levels. Every choice they make is of absolute importance and implies an all-consuming attention to detail. At no point in the production process are shortcuts allowed or tolerated, and this is how they succeed in harvesting grapes that are of the very highest quality irrespective of the climatic conditions in any particular year.

See here for Ornallaia's producer profile from Decanter.

50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

To see the excellent information and tasting sheet for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2012 - fiche technique

ABV = 13.5%.

£20.15

Ornellaia (L'Incanto) 2012 (1x75cl)

Awarded 94 points by Decanter in their February 2019 tasting of Ornellaia(s) (see blue link below).

Ornellaia 2012 - February 2019 Decanter review

NB: the label in the review differs from ours; that in the review is on the "art" edition - see here - but the wine in the bottle is the same!

For 700 years, the Frescobaldi family who own Ornellaia have combined tradition, experience and innovation with creativity and the pursuit of excellence. The family has always looked to develop and celebrate the diversity of Tuscany’s terroir, being proud owners of some of the greatest vineyards in this region. The production philosophy at Ornellaia revolves around their obsession with excellence – at all levels. Every choice they make is of absolute importance and implies an all-consuming attention to detail. At no point in the production process are shortcuts allowed or tolerated, and this is how they succeed in harvesting grapes that are of the very highest quality irrespective of the climatic conditions in any particular year.

See here for Ornallaia's producer profile from Decanter.

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.

To see Ornellaia's excellent information and tasting sheet for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Ornellaia 2012 - fiche technique

Ornellaia 2012 appears a deep ruby, and a remarkably beguiling bouquet boasts rich fruit and spices notes.  The palate shows well-rounded, full, and generous, with glossy tannins and a complete absence of any roughness. The 2012 lacks none of the proverbial concentration that distinguishes Ornellaia’s, great vintages, but this vintage adroitly masks that richness behind an expansive, magisterial structure, then concludes with a near-endless finish.

ABV = 14.5%.

£113.00

Petra `Petra` IGT Toscana 2014 (1x75cl)

This 300 hectare estate, created by the Moretti family of Bellavista, is situated in Suvereto in the Val di Cornia, Tuscany. When Vittorio Moretti, together with his daughter Francesca, set out in search of a property in the Maremma in 1997, they asked Attilio Scienza, Italy's most celebrated viticultural professor and consultant, to help them find the best spot. Scienza came up with Petra (the name is derived from the Latin for stone, or 'pietra' in Italian), which is to the south east of Bolgheri and inland from, although facing, the sea. The estate now has 94 hectares of vineyard across three separate plots, which surround a splendid modernist winery built by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Francesca Moretti, CEO of Bellavista and Petra, and newly appointed winemaker Giuseppe Caviola, are working to ensure that the quality of fruit arriving in the winery is being captured in the finished wines. In the vineyard, they are in the process of organic conversion, while the gravity-fed winery has been designed to ensure as gentle a treatment of the grapes, must and wine as possible.

The soil at Petra, a cru vineyard, is perfectly suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Merlot is elegant and supple, grown on the cooler, hillside sites, while the Cabernet is grown on the well-hydrated, less fertile, flatter land.

The early part of summer 2014 was exceptionally fresh and rainy. By August, however, the rain had stopped. The good weather continued until harvest. Ripening was slower than usual, giving more elegant wines.

The grapes were harvested in the coolest hours of the day. After three days of cold-soaking, fermentation took place. Malolactic fermentation followed in barrel. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques and Demi-muide, of which 30% were new and the rest are second- and third-use, for 18 months. The wine continued to age for a further 10 months in bottle before release.

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot.

In the glass, this wine has a bright ruby red colour. The bouquet is full of red fruit, with hints of black cherry and blueberry. The wine has excellent balance and length with a tangy finish of blackberry and dried fruit.

ABV = 14.0%.

£44.35

Petrolo Galatrona 2016 (1x75cl)

Petrolo remains one of the most talked-about Tuscan estates. It is situated in the Colli Aretini, bordering on the Chianti hills, in an historic area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de' Medici as one of Tuscany's top four wine producing zones. The Petrolo estate was part of the old medieval fiefdom of 'Galatrona', the old tower ('Torrione') which still remains on top of Roman foundations. Luca Sanjust runs the estate and the vibrancy and intensity of the fruit that he is getting in his wines has brought them some well deserved attention.

The vineyards were planted at the beginning of the 1990s. Yields are low, producing just 0.5kg of grapes per vine, giving wines with great concentration of flavour. The soil consists of rocky stratifications of galestro and clay-like earth with schist typical of the Apennine areas in Tuscany.

Healthy fruit underwent destemming and gentle crushing before undergoing fermentation, which lasted 14 days with regular pumping over to ensure maximum extraction of colour and tannins. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged once the wine was racked off the skins. The wine was then aged on the fine lees for 6 months in new French oak barriques followed by a further 12 months ageing in barrel (off/removed from the lees).

2016 is the first vintage of the Galatrona to be certified organic.

See blue link below for an excellent, detailed discussion of the wine and its various vintages from the producers themselves.

Petrolo Galatrona 2016 - fiche technique

Made from 100% Merlot, Galatrona is one of the most awarded wines of the estate. It is a wine with great structure on the palate and is wildly aromatic on the nose. It is intense, elegant and complex, with a lovely balance between acidity, fruit and tannins.

This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

£106.35

Pian Dell Orino Brunello Di Montalcino 2013 (1x75cl)

The 2009 vintage was awarded 97 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 Italy supplement article on Brunello di Montalcino (see blue link below).

Pian dell'Orino BdM 2009 - Feb 2018 Decanter review

This estate is adjacent to the Biondi Santi property and the area has a long history of being particularly suited for growing grapes for high quality wines. “Our love for Tuscany and passion for viticulture binds us particularly to this land, our vines and the resulting wines”. The wines come from four different vineyards that add up to a total area of six hectares. Right from the beginning Caroline and Jan studied the soil and the structure of each vineyard in order to fully understand its characteristics. Fossils, petrified shells and chalk sediment all testify to the earth’s evolutions and recount marine flooding and periods of drought in the area. To preserve the special identity of their vineyards they assiduously follow organic practises. From the start the goal was to create and sustain the maximum harmony possible between vineyard, climate, soil and mankind.

This wine is 100% Sangiovese.

To see an excellent technical sheet for this wine, produced by the winemakers at Pian dell Orino, please click on the blue link below.

Pian dell Orino Brunello di Montalcino 2013 - fiche technique

"The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante exhibits an immediate sense of depth and complexity. Winemaking saw minimal movement or pump-overs because Jan Hendrik Erbach tends to keep his wines in reduction for a long as possible in order to slow down their evolution. This is especially important in an immediate and accessible vintage like 2013. This expression is profound and precise with sharply etched aromas of wild berry, licorice, lavender and lightly roasted almond. Violets flood over the palate, backed by silky fine texture." Wine Advocate - 95 Points

£75.25
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