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Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2015 (1x75cl)

Fattoria dei Barbi extends over 300 hectares (around 750 acres) at Montalcino and Scansano. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, heir of the ancient Sienese line that has been present in Montalcino since 1352, runs this family property.

This red wine comes from the southern part of Tuscany and it is made mostly with Sangiovese - locally called Morellino - and 15% Merlot. The vineyards are located on a hill at 250 metres on the sea level not far from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a very particular microclimate: long, sunny and bright days, cooler nights freshened by the sea breeze. All these factors contribute to a well structured and balanced wine with soft tannins and a very lively acidity. Even if the making of Morellino goes back centuries, its approach is very modern and vibrant.

From the estate Aquilaia dei Barbi, property of Fattoria dei Barbi in the district of Scansano, which are classified for the production of Morellino di Scansano 

Soil: clay, limestone, stones.

Altitude: 250 m slm. 

Average vine age: 14 years. 

Orientation: east and south-west. 

Once crushed and destemmed the grapes ferment in vat at an average temperature of 27-28°C for 12-13 days. Ageing: partially in stainless steel and partially in oak barrels for 6 months.

Sangiovese Morellino 85%, Merlot 15%.

Has a brilliant and intense ruby red appearance and an ample, persistent bouquet with plum and red berry tones. The palate is full and generous, with velvety tannins and a long finish.

Morellino is ideal for well-seasoned meat dishes, roasts, the grilled wild boar meat typical of Mediterranean cooking, cured pork, and especially flavourful cheeses. This wine breaks the rules in its own way, since it is an excellent companion for fish soups and in general any type of fish cooked with spices and tomato sauce.

£15.60

Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2016 (1x 75cl)

Fattoria dei Barbi extends over 300 hectares (around 750 acres) at Montalcino and Scansano. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, heir of the ancient Sienese line that has been present in Montalcino since 1352, runs this family property.

This red wine comes from the southern part of Tuscany and it is made mostly with Sangiovese - locally called Morellino - and 15% Merlot. The vineyards are located on a hill at 250 metres on the sea level not far from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a very particular microclimate: long, sunny and bright days, cooler nights freshened by the sea breeze. All these factors contribute to a well structured and balanced wine with soft tannins and a very lively acidity. Even if the making of Morellino goes back centuries, its approach is very modern and vibrant.

From the estate Aquilaia dei Barbi, property of Fattoria dei Barbi in the district of Scansano, which are classified for the production of Morellino di Scansano 

Soil: clay, limestone, stones.

Altitude: 250 m slm. 

Average vine age: 14 years. 

Orientation: east and south-west. 

Once crushed and destemmed the grapes ferment in vat at an average temperature of 27-28°C for 12-13 days. Ageing: partially in stainless steel and partially in oak barrels for 6 months.

Sangiovese Morellino 85%, Merlot 15%.

Has a brilliant and intense ruby red appearance and an ample, persistent bouquet with plum and red berry tones. The palate is full and generous, with velvety tannins and a long finish.

Morellino is ideal for well-seasoned meat dishes, roasts, the grilled wild boar meat typical of Mediterranean cooking, cured pork, and especially flavourful cheeses. This wine breaks the rules in its own way, since it is an excellent companion for fish soups and in general any type of fish cooked with spices and tomato sauce.

£15.60

Carpineto, Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 (1x75cl)

Founded in 1967 by Antonio Zaccheo and Giovanni Sacchet, Carpineto farms 500 hectares of land spread over four estates among Tuscany's most prestigious appellations. The original aim of the producers – to make modern, world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation, has been admirably fulfilled. The Farnito and Dogajolo wines demonstrate the winery’s pioneering approach to making wines from international varieties in Tuscany. Formerly IWSC Italian Wine Producer of the Year, Carpineto was the also the first ever Italian winery to be awarded the IWSC International Winemaker of the Year. Antonio Zaccheo is now assisted by his son Antonio and daughter Francesca, who have both previously worked in the wine trade in the USA. Giovanni Sacchet's daughter, Caterina, joined the Carpineto winemaking team after finishing her viticulture and oenology degree.

In the beautiful olive and cypress-studded countryside between Florence and Siena lie the quaint hilltop villages of the Chianti Classico region. The wine of the same name is produced exclusively in this charming and beautiful area in stony soils.

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled vats, followed by a skin contact maceration to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of oak barrels and casks of Slavonian and French origin for a minimum of 12 months. It was then transferred back into stainless tanks briefly prior to bottling. The wine was bottle aged in temperature controlled cellars for a minimum of 10 months prior to release.

Sangiovese 80%, Canaiolo 20%.

A traditionally styled Chianti Classico, smooth and robust with earthy notes and a savoury finish. An inviting rich ruby red colour, with garnet reflections. Rich, velvety, full-flavoured and warming with hints of vanilla and raspberries, this is a very fine wine with silky tannins and a long, lingering finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£19.20

Castello Nipozzano, Frescobaldi, Vecchie Viti, Chianti Rufina Riserva 2015 (1x 75cl)

Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity.

2015 will be remembered for the excellent health and perfect ripening of the grapes, two significant results of a particularly good season. Supported by the warm spring days and plentiful water reserves stored during the winter, the vines began to bud in April. The scarce rainfall in May and June allowed the grapes to grow in a dry environment. Warm days in August and September encouraged a gradual ripening of the fruit with an excellent concentration of sugars and polyphenols.

The grapes are sourced from the oldest and most deeply rooted vines at the Castello Nipozzano vineyard. The vines are planted to a medium to high density of between 2,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare. They are spur pruned and trained according to the Guyot method. The soil is dry and stony but well drained, with a high clay and limestone content. It is poor in organic matter, encouraging deep root systems and stressing the vine to concentrate the flavours in the berries.

The grapes were hand-harvested from mid September to mid October and then gently pressed. Each grape variety was vinified separately, with fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of less than 30°C. Fermentation lasted for 13 days, with a maceration period of 20 days with frequent pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred immediately afterwards. The wine was then transferred to large oak casks where it was matured for a period of 24 months, followed by three months in bottle.

This wine is made using Sangiovese 90%, Malvasia Nera 4%, Canaiolo 3%, Colorino 3%.

The nose shows great balance between floral notes of cassis, raspberry and spiced notes of vanilla. The richness of fruit follows through on to the complex palate with notes of blackberry and gooseberry enveloping beautifully integrated tannins. Pairs well with classic dishes such as a rich Tuscan soup, pappardelle with wild boar ragù and delicate game dishes.

£20.45

Castello Pomino, Pomino, Pinot Nero 2016 (1x 75cl)

An explosion of fruity aromas; a prevalence of cassis and dark, ripe cherry is followed by delicate hints of chocolate. Smooth on the palate, with vibrant red berried notes, combined with hints of liquorice and intriguing notes of Mediterranean herbs such as thyme. Long and persistent on the finish.

£24.75

Castello Vicchiomaggio, Agostino Petri Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 (1x75cl)

A perfumed and savoury wine, well textured with ripe cherry hints and enhanced by a lovely depth and smooth but firm finish

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 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.

The grapes are sourced from the Agostino Petri vineyard, located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It sits at an altitude of 255 to 265 metres above sea level. Planted at a density of 5,600 vines per hectare, the vines are pruned according to the Single Guyot method which ensures low yields of approximately 40 hectolitres per hectare. The soils are made up of a high proportion of heavy clay- approximately 30%, which is renowned for its cooling properties and water retention for the vine, as well as for producing bold wines from the Sangiovese grape. The vineyard is managed sustainably.

The grapes were harvested by hand at optimal maturity and carefully sorted. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks of 50 hectolitres, with 15 days’ maceration on skins to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine was matured initially in French oak second use barriques (previously used for La Prima Gran Selezione); and then in large oak barrels of 25 to 50 hectolitres lasting 18 months in total. The wine was then cellared in bottle for a further four to six months prior to release.

Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%.

A perfumed and elegant wine, with a developed nose of ripe fruit and sweet spices; reminiscent of chocolate, strawberry praline and candied cherry. Opulent and rounded with soft tannins on the palate, harmoniously balanced and extremely long, silky finish.

£19.20

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.

£15.90

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.

£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.

£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. 

£18.00

Le Volte Dell Ornellaia 2012 (1x 75cl)

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.

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

£20.15

Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

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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.

£16.75

Poggio al Sole 'Seraselva' IGT Toscana Rosso 2015 (1x75cl)

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See also the DWWA19-Platinum winning Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 (the Casasilia) from Poggio al Sole and also their 'everyday' Chianti Classico.

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.

Poggio al Sole is ineed best known for its excellent Chianti(s) Classico, so the owners were initially reluctant to plant Bordeaux varietals on their hill in Tuscany. But they can't argue with the results: Seraselva, the estate's 'SuperTuscan' Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, has won over critics in Italy and around the world, this being all the more impressive given the fact that Poggio al Sole is a small production winery. 

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

Poggio Al Sole 'Seraselva' IGT Toscana Rosso 2015 - fiche technique

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.

The Seraselva wraps around the palate with lovely plumpness and juiciness. The taste is warm with notes of ripe fruits and spices. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and spices are pushed forward in an attractive, mid-weight wine to drink now and over the next few years. This is a fairly restrained style for a wine made from international varieties. Look for intense aromas and overall freshness.  Round and complex with ripe tannins; there is also a lovely taste of licorice on the finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£23.95

Poggio al Tesoro Il Seggio Bolgheri 2015 (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). That said, the 2015, from an amazing harvest, has all the hallmarks of the great 2014 and has just yet to be rated!

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 Il Seggio Bolgheri 2015 - 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.

‘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.

The 2015 harvest: Ample water was available following a very wet winter allowing the vines to bud and flower until early June and ideal summer conditions ensured all subsequent phenological stages: from fruit set to maturity, developed evenly. A hot July was mitigated by timely thunderstorms, while a sunny, breezy August allowed the grapes to reach a perfect phenolic ripeness before harvest commenced on the 31st August. 2015 may be considered one of Bolgheri’s great vintages with wines exhibiting balance, great structure and intense aromatics.

40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 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.

£23.15

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).

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 Il Seggio Bolgheri 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.

‘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.

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.

£24.30
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