Peppoli, Chianti Classico – Antinori (75cl) DOCG Tuscany
Appellation: Chianti Classico
Grape: 90% Sangiovese 10% Merlot and Syrah
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 carefully selected from Antinori’s Pèppoli estate in Chianti
Classico. The vineyards are planted in a valley on mineral-rich soil, ideal
for the cultivation of Sangiovese. A hot summer was followed by very
favourable conditions in September, during which the best grapes were
Winery: The grape varieties were fermented separately, the Sangiovese with ten
days of skin contact, the Merlot and Syrah for longer, to obtain softer
tannin. After fermentation and malolactic fermentation, the varieties were
blended. The wine was aged for twelve months in oak, ninety percent in
large Slavonian casks and the rest in American oak barriques.
Taste: Intense red fruit aromas are offset by delicate notes of vanilla and
chocolate. Pleasantly lingering with a fresh, vibrant feel in the mouth.
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