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  • Rosso di Montalcino 2017, Poggio San Polo, Montalcino, 14% vol, 75cl

    Rosso di Montalcino 2017, Poggio San Polo, Montalcino, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR19

    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 grapes were hand picked and 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.

     

    Bright and glossy ruby red in colour. On the nose, aromas of fresh berries, morello cherry and blackberries are complemented by a hint of vanilla spice. A fragrant, intense wine with smooth, finely-balanced tannins and a persistent, aromatic finish.

    £22.68

  • Chianti Classico 2017, Isole e Olena, 14% vol, 75cl

    Chianti Classico 2017, Isole e Olena, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR30

    Isole e Olena’s vineyards, like those of Giovanni Manetti at Fontodi, are superbly tended. This, more than anything, yields wines of the quality that have kept these two estates ahead of the chasing pack for the past two decades. 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 estate has been run by Paolo De Marchi since 1976.

     

    The 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.

     

    82% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo & 3% Syrah/Shiraz

     

    Fermentation took place in tank with 15 days maceration, delestage and pumping-over twice a day. Delestage (or ‘rack and return‘) is a method of extraction during fermentation which gives wines of good colour and soft tannins. The maceration tank is emptied of fermenting must, the cap allowed to dry out for two to three hours and then the must is poured back over the cap. De Marchi first experimented with this 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% in new oak) and 4,000 litre oak casks.

    A deep crimson red colour. Typical sour cherry and red fruit character with 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.

     

    £26.40

  • “Villa di Capezzana” 2016, Carmignano, Tenuta di Capezzana, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Villa di Capezzana” 2016, Carmignano, Tenuta di Capezzana, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR20

    Capezzana, situated in the Carmignano zone to the west of Florence, is owned and run by the Contini Bonacossi family, the latest in a long line of owners dating back to 804. The estate now has 90 hectares of vineyard, all of which are cultivated organically.

     

    The Carmignano region has a long history of using Cabernet Sauvignon in its wines and in 1975 it was the first DOC to be awarded official sanctioning for the use of Cabernet in its blends.

     

    “Villa di Capezzana” is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards sited between 150m – 250m above sea level with a southerly, south eastern and south western aspect.

     

    Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 20 days at temperatures between 26-28°C. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation the wine was moved into French oak for malolactic fermentation. 70% of the wine was aged in 3.5 hectolitre tonneaux for 12 months and the remaining 30% in larger barrels for 16 months. The wine was then blended and bottled before a further 12 months ageing prior to release.

     

    This wine is intense ruby red in colour with youthful highlights. On the nose, there are notes of almonds, violets and oranges which are intertwined with aromas of coffee and vanilla. It is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity. The rounded tannins from the Sangiovese are lifted by the cassis concentration of the Cabernet on the long, concentrated finish.

     

     

    £30.60

  • Brunello di Montalcino 2013, Poggio san Polo, 14% vol, 75cl

    Brunello di Montalcino 2013, Poggio san Polo, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR04

    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 Brunello 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 grapes (100% Sangiovese) were hand picked and after a gentle pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled concrete tanks with temperatures reaching a maximum of 28-30°C, with a long maceration on the skins lasting 20-22 days. The wine was aged in new, medium-toasted, French oak tonneaux (500 litres) for a period of 24 months, followed by extended ageing in bottle before release.

    An intense ruby red with garnet hues. The typical aromas of violets and small red berries are followed by hints of vanilla, cedar and coffee. On the palate it is full-bodied and warm with a densely-woven texture and robust tannins, while the finish is persistent and rounded.

     


    £50.88