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Cont’Ugo, Bolgheri – Tenuta Guado al Tasso (75cl) DOC Tuscany

£39.50 Inc. VAT

Vintage: 2017/18
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Appellation: Bolgheri
Grape: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

Producer: The Bolgheri DOC, situated near the coast a hundred kilometres southwest
of Florence, started out as a rosé-only; whites were permitted in
1984, and ten years later the laws finally recognised the extraordinary
success of the mould-breaking Cabernet-based reds. Antinori’s Guado
al Tasso estate débuted with the 1990 vintage, and covers 1,000 hectares
of land stretching from the hills around the village down to the coast. The
vineyard itself comprises 300 hectares, with the remainder planted to
wheat, sunflower and olives.

Vineyard: The vineyards lie at 45-60 metres above sea level, with a rocky limestone
soil. Cuttings were supplied by the on-site nursery. The grapes were
hand-picked.

Winery: The best grapes were selected by hand, then destemmed, gently
crushed, and fermented in stainless steel for twenty-five days, some lots
at lower temperatures to maximise aromatic freshness, some at 30ºC for
structure and richness. The wine was then transferred to oak barrels (thirty
percent new) for malolactic fermentation and twelve months’ ageing.

Taste: The nose shows intense notes of plums, cherries, and raspberries in
addition to wild berry fruit and spices. The palate is distinguished by
its roundness and breadth. A wine of great depth and accessibility,
characterized by a finish bursting with fruit.

Press: “Rich and fruity, this balanced red offers black cherry and blackberry
flavors. Smooth and vibrant, with fine length on the finish.” – 92 points,
Wine Spectator, February 2020

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