Via Cave, Malbec – Fattoria Aldobrandesca, Antinori (75cl) IGT Tuscany

£29.00

Vintage: 2018
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Appellation: Maremma Toscana IGT
Grape: 100% Malbec
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

Producer: The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries,
and exporting it for four. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900
marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion which shows
no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards and
an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become
Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – pre-eminent wine producer, with an
important presence in Piedmont, Lombardy, Umbria and Puglia as well
as their Tuscan heartland.

Vineyard: Grapes were grown in the vineyards of Antinori’s Fattoria Aldobrandesca
estate near the historical village of Sovana in southern Tuscany. The
grapes were harvested at full maturity in late September.

Winery: The grapes were destemmed and gently crushed, then given 3-4 days’
cold maceration. The must was then warmed, inoculated and fermented
over the course of a week at up to 30ºC, before being transferred to
French and American oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and ten
months’ ageing.

Taste: An intense ruby red in colour, the wine is characterised by a complex
nose of ripe black fruit, liquorice and spices. On the palate, the texture is
silky and full with excellent density and persistence. Notes of ripe black
fruit, liquorice, coffee and dark chocolate emerge on the finish.

Press: ”Dark fruit tones of blackberry and blueberry take on graphite, earth
and black pepper accents in this beefy red. Its dense tannins are wellintegrated
and it finishes with savory wild herb elements.” – 90 points,
Wine Spectator, December 2020

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