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Podere di Brancaia Il Blu Rosso di Toscana 2015 (1x75cl)

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

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

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

Podere Di Brancaia Il Blu Rosso Di Toscana 2015 - fiche technique

And see this short video for an introduction to the wines and work of Brancaia.

70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This beguiling blend lingers and demands time. Intense inky fruits and herbal notes leap from the glass. Morello cherry, some sweet oak and chocolate echo along the finish, guided along by a beam of palate-extending, ringingly ripe acidity. It's a complex and ageworthy wine with immaculate length and balance.

ABV = 14.5%.

£40.80

Poggio al Sole 'Casasilia' Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 (1x75cl)

** PLENTY MORE STOCK, BUT THIS IS NOW THE LAST OF THIS AWARD-WINNING VINTAGE! **

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

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

We also highly recommend the 'everyday' Chianti Classico and Super-Tuscan from Poggio al Sole.

The 2014 vintage was also awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition review of the top tiers of Chianti Classico (see blue link below).

Poggio Al Sole 'Casasilia' Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014 - May 2018 Decanter review

Documents in the archives of the abbey of Badia a Passignano, which owned Poggio al Sole until the 1960s, show that olives and wine were grown there as early as the 12th century. The Davaz family, which acquired Poggio al Sole in 1990, has grown wine in the Bündner Herrschaft in Switzerland since the 1970s. The eighteen contigous hectares of sloping schistose-clay vineyards are among the very highest in Chianti,  and are perfectly sheltered from the Tramontane wind by the surrounding oak forest. Alessandro Masnaghetti, the brilliant taster, journalist, and publisher of Enogea, believes that Poggio al Sole is one of the top three vineyard sites in all Chianti Classico.

The Casasilia - Poggio al Sole's premium Chianti Classico from the top-tier Gran Selezione classification - is ample testament to that.

Here's Poggio al Sole's own data sheet/fiche technique on the Casasilia.

Poggio Al Sole 'Casasilia' Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 - fiche technique

Additionally, the wine is matured in French oak barrels/barriques of 225 litres, 30% of which are made of new oak, the remainder being one-year old barrels. Ageing period is 18 months in barrel + 12 month bottle rest.

100% Sangiovese.

"This wine gushes with aromas of black and red fruits, mint, chalk, dried herbs and the vanilla and spice of high quality oak, which lead on to a full-bodied, yet velvety, palate with finely detailed tannins. It really pulsates with its energy, mesmerising your palate as it swoops by, culminating in a long and elegant finish" (DWWA19 tasting note).

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

ABV = 14.5%.

£30.95

Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

** NOW BACK IN STOCK!! **

Awarded a Silver medal and 91 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

See also the DWWA19-Platinum winning Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 (the Casasilia) from Poggio al Sole and also their Super-Tuscan, the Seraselva.

Documents in the archives of the abbey of Badia a Passignano, which owned Poggio al Sole until the 1960s, show that olives and wine were grown there as early as the 12th century. The Davaz family, which acquired Poggio al Sole in 1990, has grown wine in the Bündner Herrschaft in Switzerland since the 1970s. The eighteen contigous hectares of sloping schistose-clay vineyards are among the very highest in Chianti,  and are perfectly sheltered from the Tramontane wind by the surrounding oak forest. Alessandro Masnaghetti, the brilliant taster, journalist, and publisher of Enogea, believes that Poggio al Sole is one of the top three vineyard sites in all Chianti Classico.

Here's Poggio al Sole's own data sheet/fiche technique on this, their Chianti Classico 2016.

Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico 2016 - fiche technique

90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Merlot.

"Pretty cherry and plum nose with a touch of leather. The palate is balanced by fresh acidity and velvety tannins. Long, smoky finish." (DWWA19 tasting note).

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

ABV = 14.0%.

£16.75

Poggio al Tesoro Il Seggio Bolgheri 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded a Platinum Medal, 98 points and Best in Show status at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70-hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraia, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 12 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.

‘Seggio’ is the name of the creek that runs through Bolgheri - its course from above is represented on the label. This wine is produced from different plots of vineyards in the Poggio al Tesoro estate. The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in the Via Bolgherese vineyards, at 53 meters above sea level. Here soils are deep, with coarse-grained red sand, that is gravelly and well-drained with a layer of clay at 120 centimetre below the surface. The other varieties are grown on the Le Sondraia vineyard, at 35 meters above sea level. Its soils are clayey with well-drained sandy silt and high concentrations of magnesium and iron. The average age of the vines is 17 years and they are spur-pruned and cordon-trained.

2016 is/was another vintage to remember, defined by many as one of the earliest on record in Bolgheri. After a rather mild winter, albeit with heavy rainfall, the spring months enjoyed regular rainfall that fostered uniform bud development. The summer months were dry and breezy with some rain showers in early September and the pre-harvest period saw wide variations in day-night temperatures which encouraged phenolic and aromatic ripening while maintaining acidity levels. The resulting grapes were harvested in perfect health. Vintage 2016 promises intriguing wines with marked varietal personality, good structure and great ageing potential.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique / technical note from the winemakers at Poggio al Tesoro.

Poggio Al Tesoro Il Seggio Bolgheri 2016 - fiche technique

50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot.

The grapes were destemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 28-30°C for 12 days. Malolactic fermentation was carried out naturally in barriques in November. The wine was then aged for 15 months in 225-litre French oak barriques from Allier (30% new, 70% second use).

This wine has an intense ruby red colour, and there are red berry and cassis aromas with mineral and spicy notes on the nose. The palate is medium bodiedand the tannins are elegant and silky. The wine has a lively finish.

ABV = 14.5%.

£24.30

Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded Tre Bicchieri -2020 by Gambero Rosso.

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.comin an October 2018 tasting by Aldo Fiordelli at the Tre Bicchieri tasting in Rome.  (see blue link below).

Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore 2015 - October 2018 Decanter review

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Poggio al Tesoro (also much repeated below).

Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore 2016 - fiche technique

One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraia, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 12 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Most of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit for this blend was sourced from the three hectare Via Bolgherese vineyard situated at 56 metres above sea level. Composed of coarse red sand, the soils are rich in gravel, well drained and have a clay layer at a depth of 120 centimetres. The planting density is 9,000 vines per hectare. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the 12 hectare Le Sondraia vineyard situated 35 metres above sea level. These soils are free draining, a mixture of clay and sandy silt, with high levels of magnesium and iron. With a density of 7,500 vines per hectare, the vines are cordon trained and spur pruned. The vines have an average age of 17 years.

Another vintage to remember, defined by many as one of the earliest on record in Bolgheri. After a rather mild winter, albeit with heavy rainfall, the spring months enjoyed regular rainfall that fostered uniform bud development. The summer months were dry and breezy with some rain showers in early September and the pre-harvest period saw wide variations in day-night temperatures which encouraged phenolic and aromatic ripening while maintaining acidity levels. The resulting grapes were harvested in perfect health. Vintage 2016 promises intriguing wines with marked varietal personality, good structure and great ageing potential.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.

After destemming and soft pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 28-30°C for 12 days. The cap underwent frequent délestage (or rack-and-return), as well as punching down to extract good colour and ripe tannins. The wine was then aged in 50% new and 50% second-use French barriques for 18 months. It was released after nine months in bottle.

Sondraia has quickly become a classic in the Bolgheri area. Perfectly ripe grapes and painstaking work in the cellar yield a wine with intense notes of fresh fruit and herbs which follow through on the palate, where the wine opens up with great class and silky smoothness.

ABV = 15.0%.

£47.85

Poggio San Polo Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (1x75cl)

This property was purchased by Valpolicella producer, Marilisa Allegrini, in 2006. Marilisa has continued to invest heavily in the estate and has brought in winemaker Nicola Biasi to build on Poggio San Polo's already considerable reputation and impressive levels of quality. Situated in the eastern part of Montalcino, this estate covers 22 hectares of which 16 are under vine and produces wines that are classic in style but with a bit more weight than would be found to the north of the zone.

Poggio San Polo's vineyards cover approximately nine hectares planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south-southwest, on chalky, clay soils. The average age of the vines is 5-15 years and they are spur-cordon trained with a density of 7000 plants per hectare. The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is made in exceptional vintages from the best grapes grown in the estate's oldest vineyards planted in 1990.

After quite a harsh winter that also saw some heavy snowfall - advantageous for the accumulation of underground water reserves - the spring was relatively warm, compared to seasonal averages. The beginning of the growing season occurred around 10th - 20th April. Summer was very hot with little rainfall, so in some cases the vineyards suffered some hydric stress. Rainfall in late summer and early September restored the vines' balance and created the best conditions for the most important phase of ripening for Sangiovese. The weather that followed during September was good and very balanced: rainfall brought cooler temperatures - especially at night - while the days were warm and sunny helping the grapes ripen perfectly.

The grapes were hand picked in the first week of October. After gentle pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with temperatures reaching a maximum of 28-30°C, with a long maceration on the skins lasting 20-22 days for the Riserva. The wine was aged in new, medium-toasted French oak tonneaux (500 litre capacity) for a period of 24 months before bottling, and aged a further four years in bottle before release.

100% Sangiovese.

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet hues.On the nose it shows typical aromas of violets and red berries, with hints of forest fruit, sandalwood, vanilla and coffee. It is intense, persistent and ethereal. Full-bodied on the palate, with a dense texture and round tannins.

ABV = 14.5%.

£96.35

Poggiotondo Chianti Riserva Vigna delle Conchiglie 2011 (1x75cl)

The Poggiotondo estate is situated in the hills to the northwest of Empoli in western Tuscany. These hills are south and southwest facing, and are planted primarily with Sangiovese. Alberto Antonini’s estate has been certified organic since the 2014 vintage. It takes many years of following organic practices before a wine can be deemed organic, so this wine, whilst not certified as organic, has been made following organic principles.

This wine is made soley from Sangiovese grown in a one hectare vineyard planted in 1990. It is situated on top of a south-east facing hill and is called "Vigna delle Conchiglie". The name comes from the old marine soils which are rich with calcareous seashells. Planting density is 5,950 vines per hectare, trained with vertical shoot positioning and Guyot pruning. Yields are kept low at less than a kilo per vine, the equivalent of 5 tonnes per hectare. In 2011, Alberto started the conversion to biodynamic production. 

Good rains throughout the winter and at the beginning of spring gave an excellent start to the growing season of 2011. Towards the end of the season a warmer spell arrived which gave the grapes good concentration and flavour ripeness.

Grapes were hand picked in small 16 kilo cases and then delivered to the winery and gently destemmed and crushed. Grapes were not pumped but went into the fermenters with a gravity flow system. They were fermented in oak fermenters of varying sizes, at a maximum of 28°C for 10-12 days. Fermentation occurred with natural native yeasts to preserve the character of the single vineyard. The cap was punched down gently a few times a day, and the lees were stirred regularly during fermentation. After primary fermentation, the wine underwent an extended maceration of two weeks, after which it was racked into tight grained French oak barrels (20% new) where malolactic fermentation occurred. This was followed by ageing for 20 months. The wine was bottled without any fining or filtering to preserve the integrity of the flavours.

Ripe dark and red fruit aromas combine with delicate spiciness on the nose. The palate is full and rich with a velvety texture from the fine grained tannins. The finish is long with great persistence in the mouth supported by good acidity and minerality.

ABV = 14.0%.

£38.60

Poliziano Le Stanze IGT 2015 (1x 75cl)

One of the great, modern reds, and never before available in the UK, Poliziano's Le Stanze was named in honour of the poet Angelo Ambrogini, known as "Poliziano". Produced from a minimum 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and balanced by Merlot, all grown in vineyards arouund Montepulciano, Le Stanze has a style that is classic Bordeaux à la Toscane - the very essence of a Supertuscan. It allows Poliziano to cater to international tastes while remembering the traditional value of Montepulciano and its place in the production of great wines with strong ageing potential.

The grapes are harvested by hand. Fermentation then takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, with milling that includes repassing the must over the grape pomace. Fermentation and maceration take 20 –25 days. The wine is then allowed to age for 16 months in barriques of new French oak.

Le Stanze 2015 has the potential to age for at least 15 years.

Dense ruby red. Overt aromas of grilled pepper, bay leaves and cinnamon mixed with balsmic hints. Elegant and lingering palate with velvety, super-ripe tannins. Persistent mineral, long finish

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£41.60

Poliziano Mandrone di Lohsa 2013 (1x 75cl)

Produced from Poliziano's vineyards in the Maremma IGT zone, in the coastal zone of Tuscany, some 70 km south of Siena. Powerful yet elegant, smooth and yet well structured - Mandrone is obtained primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, with small but vital additions of Alicante and Petit Verdot. These last two are essential in giving Mandrone its distinctive Mediterranean character - sunny, clean and definite - that renders it unique and unmistakable.

The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand. The three varieties used are as follows:  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Alicante. Fermentation is carried out separately for each grape variety. Maceration takes 20- 25 days (depending on the species and the phenolic maturity of the grapes) at a controlled temperature, with milling and delestage. The wine spends 18 months in new barriques of French oak with a subsequent rest of 6 months in bottles.

This wine has the potential to age for at least 15 years.

Deep purple red. Aromas of dark berries and hints of grilled red pepper with spicy notes (cinnamon and bay leaves) and balsamic echoes. Elegant structure defined by silky, warm tannins and great flavour intensity, especially from the Petit Verdot. Powerful and persistent mineral finish.

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£29.65

Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano 2018 (1x75cl)

"My choices have been inspired by a passion for agriculture and the real excitement of imagining and conceiving a vine, a grape, a wine, and of watching them come to be after caring for them closely every step of the way.All this, combined with the fortunate surge in wine consumption, has contributed to the ascent of Estate Poliziano. My objective for the future is to consolidate the distinctive character of the wines that will be produced from my new vineyards.To this end, I am dedicated to a continual and passionate search for every possibility of improving the quality of my wines." Federico Carletti of Poliziano

The vines that are used to create this wine are planted at an altitude of 220-300 metres above sea level with various exposures. The soil is soft clay, slightly skeletal and the vines are planted with a density  of 5,000-6,000 per hectare.

Harvest is done by hand. Fermentation takes place in conical stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature with pressing and pump over techniques. The wine is then allowed to mature. 20% of the wine is aged in second use oak barriques for 8 months. The remaining 80% is aged in stainless steel vats.

This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot.

Intense black fruits of damson and black cherry are enhanced by well balanced and fine tannins, with plenty of refreshing acidity and just the right amount of oak.

To see an information sheet for this wine that has been written by the team at Poliziano, please click on the blue link below.

Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano - fiche technique

ABV = 14.0%.

£14.95

Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2016 (1x 75cl)

Established as recently as 1961 and a byword for quality in Montepulciano since the early 1980s, Poliziano’s story nonetheless taps into the history and culture of this picture-postcard corner of Tuscany – and it must be one of very few to feature both a Renaissance poet and a mule. The name Poliziano is a tribute to the 15th century Florentine scholar Angelo Ambrogini, a prolific translator of classical works and a tutor to the children of the Medici (some even believe he may have been poisoned by Piero de’ Medici). His ‘nickname,’ Poliziano, is a simple reference to his birthplace – Montepulciano was originally Mons Politianus in Latin.

The cultural significance goes beyond mere history, however, and embodies a winery combining modern techniques with a rare respect for heritage. The mid-90s saw a move from big wood to barriques and tonneaux for flagship wine Asinone, whose vineyard was the first in the region to undergo specialist replanting, foresaking the old technique of interspersing Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) vines with Trebbiano and Malvasia. The Prugnolo here is extremely distinctive, combining compact bunches with firm skins to produce a Vino Nobile of unique character and longevity.

Around 180,000 - 250,000 bottles of this, the Vino Nobile, are produced each year. The varietal mix is 85% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) + a mix of 15% Colorino, Canaiolo and Merlot. Grapes are all hand picked and table-selected. Fermentation takes place in conical stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature with pressing and pump-over. Fermentation and maceration time is 18-22 days. Ageing is 16 months in oak: two-thirds in barriques and tonneaux of new and second-use French oak and a third in traditional wood casks. New oak is thus brought to bear on around 20% of the blend.

The ageing potential of this wine is 10 years safely, 15 years at the outside.

This is a very well-structured wine with an intense perfume of juicy, ripe fruit and a rich palate, with just the right amount of tannin.

£25.70

Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2016 (1x75cl)

Established as recently as 1961 and a byword for quality in Montepulciano since the early 1980s, Poliziano’s story nonetheless taps into the history and culture of this picture-postcard corner of Tuscany – and it must be one of very few to feature both a Renaissance poet and a mule. The name Poliziano is a tribute to the 15th century Florentine scholar Angelo Ambrogini, a prolific translator of classical works and a tutor to the children of the Medici (some even believe he may have been poisoned by Piero de’ Medici). His ‘nickname,’ Poliziano, is a simple reference to his birthplace – Montepulciano was originally Mons Politianus in Latin.

The cultural significance goes beyond mere history, however, and embodies a winery combining modern techniques with a rare respect for heritage. The mid-90s saw a move from big wood to barriques and tonneaux for flagship wine Asinone, whose vineyard was the first in the region to undergo specialist replanting, foresaking the old technique of interspersing Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) vines with Trebbiano and Malvasia. The Prugnolo here is extremely distinctive, combining compact bunches with firm skins to produce a Vino Nobile of unique character and longevity.

Poliziano's Vino Nobile selezione - Asinone - is only produced in the best years. The number of bottles depends on the quality of the vintage. Average production is 20,000 - 40,000 bottles. In years in which it is not bottled, Asinone is 'downgraded' to 'basic' Nobile di Montepluciano. It is consequently hard to talk of "bad years" when referring to Asinone. And why 'Asinone'? The vineyard gets its name from its shape, said to resemble the back of a mule.

The grapes are manually harvested from Poliziano’s highest vineyards (at around 350-400m) in the Vino Nobile DOCG delineation. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, with frequent pumping over (remontage) the must over the grape residue. Fermentation and maceration take some 20 - 25 days. Ageing occurs for 16-18 months, in 225-litre French oak barriques (new oak and second-use) and larger tonneaux of older French oak, meaning that new oak is brought to bear on around 25% of the blend.

Sangiovese 96%, Canaiolo 2%, Colorino 2%.

In almost all years, the Asinone has an ageing potential of 15 years from vintage.

Almost opaque, the wine has an exceptional nose of spice, fruits and new oak. The palate is complex and refined with great integration between fruit, oak and tannin.

ABV = 14.5%.

£42.50

Ripe al Convento di CastelGiocondo (Frescobaldi), Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (1x75cl)

CastelGiocondo epitomises the spirit of Montalcino. It is considered to be one of the most historical estates of Montalcino, as it was one of the first producers of Brunello di Montalcino during the 1800s. The vines are overlooked by the castle and the small medieval town of Montalcino. The combination of the unique location of the vineyard, which is situated at 300 to 400 metres altitude; the south western orientation, which benefits from the warming afternoon sun; and the free draining marl soil culminates to produce this top quality Sangiovese. The CastelGiocondo wines are distinguished by their opulence, power and extraordinary longevity.

The grapes come from an eight hectare single vineyard called Ripe al Convento, situated at the highest point of the Tenuta CastelGiocondo estate. The vines have an average age of 25 years and are grown at 350 to 450 metres above sea-level. They are planted at a density of 5,500 vines per hectare with a southerly exposure and are low-trained on a spurred cordon system. There are two types of soil on the estate; the first is rich in sand with a high presence of calcium, while the second is calcareous, rich in both clay and calcium with a more alkaline pH.

Summer 2012 was hot and dry but the vines were sustained through the growth cycle by healthy levels of water in the schist and clay Galestro sub-soil. The véraison phase took place in optimal conditions and completed fully and evenly. The vines’ deep roots enabled a gentle, complete maturation of the grapes, yielding grapes perfectly expressive of the aromas and flavours to be found in the finest quality Sangiovese.

The grapes were hand harvested with cluster selection and pressed using a soft horizontal press. Fermentation took place in stainless steel at 30°C and lasted 10 days, with maceration lasting 33 days. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation. It was matured for five years prior to its release - by law a minimum of two years in oak and six months in bottle. Slavonian oak casks and French oak barrels were used for the maturation of the wine. 

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Ripe Al Convento Di CastelGiocondo, Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2012 - fiche technique

100% Sangiovese (Grosso).

A complex bouquet of red and black berries, damson, blackcurrant complemented by mineral notes and hints of spice. Ripe al Convento is opulent and smooth on the palate, with rich, elegant tannins and indulgent notes of coffee and tobacco. The finish is almost endless, a treat for the senses.

ABV = 14.5%.

£98.15

San Polo Brunello Di Montalcino 2014 (1x75cl)

The concept underpinning San Polo: to maximize the intrinsic potential of the terroir, make the quest for quality a priority and create an ethical and responsible context where man’s labours and the natural environment are integrated in a harmonious and constructive whole. San Polo is situated in Podernovi, on the southern slope of Montalcino. The valley is called Sant’ Antimo and there too, almost at touching distance, stands Mount Amiata. The locals call this area a ‘Mezzopane’, meaning that to admire the beautiful view is to ‘take one’s fill’, like food for the soul. The windows, knolls and vantage points of the Estate’s two farmhouses look out over the breath-taking Tuscan landscape of the Old Masters. And finally, San Polo’s modern and innovative wine-making cellar, so cutting-edge as to have become synonymous with the Company itself.

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards covering approximately nine hectares, planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south-southwest on chalky, clay soils. They are spur-cordon trained with a density of 4,000- 7,000 plants per hectare.

To see an excellent information sheet (vintage, vineyard, winemaking) and tasting note for this wine, produced by the winemakers, please click on the blue link below.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino 2014 - fiche technique

100% Sangiovese.

ABV = 14.0%.

£41.75

San Polo Rosso Di Montalcino 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2019 edition panel tasting of Rosso di Montalcino (see blue link below).

San Polo Rosso Di Montalcino 2016 - September 2019 Decanter review

This property was purchased by Valpolicella producer, Marilisa Allegrini, in 2006. Marilisa has continued to invest heavily in the estate and has brought in winemaker Nicola Biasi to build on Poggio San Polo's already considerable reputation and impressive levels of quality. Situated in the eastern part of Montalcino, this estate covers 22 hectares of which 16 are under vine and produces wines that are classic in style but with a bit more weight than would be found to the north of the zone.

The grapes for this Rosso came from three hectares of vineyards planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450m above sea level, facing south-southeast on chalky clay soils. The vines are spur-cordon trained and planted at a density of 7,000 vines per hectare. Yields were 49 hectolitres per hectare.

The winter was mild and very dry, as was the spring. This led to bud-burst occurring about two weeks earlier than normal. The frost that hit the area in the middle of April caused enormous damage across much of Europe, but thanks to the location of San Polo’s vineyards, with their southern exposure, 450-metre altitude and abundant air circulation, our vines suffered no damage. The summer that followed was marked by elevated temperatures and almost no rainfall, which created difficult conditions for the vines. Again, at this stage, we were able to appreciate the advantages of a particularly well-suited wine growing area, which treated us to daytime breezes and excellent day-night temperature variations, creating conditions that relieved the vines, which showed no symptoms of drought or heat-related stress. The rain that fell between the end of August and the beginning of September, not only did restore the land’s water reserves, but it also gave the final ‘go ahead’ for the most important stage in the ripening of Sangiovese, the last month before harvesting.

The grapes were hand picked. After gentle pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with maceration on the skins lasting around 14-16 days at 28-30°C. The wine was then aged for 12 months in medium-toasted, second-use French oak barriques (Allier) followed by a month of bottle ageing.

100% Sangiovese.

Bright and glossy ruby red in colour. On the nose it reveals aromas of small fresh berries and a trace of sour cherry, melded with hints of blackberries and black cherries, followed by a hint of vanilla. A fragrant wine with satisfying intensity. On the palate it is warm, smooth and a medium-bodied with finely-balanced tannins. Dry and sinewy yet fresh with a persistent, aromatic finish.

ABV = 14.0%.

£19.75
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