Terre di San Leonardo – Tenuta San Leonardo (75cl) IGT Trentino

£19.50 Inc. VAT

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,  Carmenère.

Pairing: Pasta with ragù sauce, grilled meat, white meat, mild cheese.


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Vintage: 2018
Country: Italy
Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
Appelation: Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Grape: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 10% Carmenère
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Cork

Producer: Tenuta San Leonardo in Trentino has been home to the Guerrieri Gonzaga family for over three centuries, but it is only since the second half of the twentieth century, when Marchese Carlo took over, that this estate began to take wine production seriously. Following a spell spent working at Tenuta San Guido with Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, creator of Sassicaia, he was inspired to see if the clay-limestone soils of his family estate could yield similar results to those achieved by his mentor. In 1978 the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines joined the Merlot and Carmenere that
had long been planted and in 1982 the first vintage of the flagship San Leonardo was produced, rapidly taking its place in the pantheon of Italy’s greatest wines.

Vineyard: Merlot is planted in pebble-rich soils that were once the bed of a tributary of the Adige river, while Cabernet Sauvignon and the old vineyards of Carmenère are planted in predominantly sandy soils. All are well-drained and low-fertility. The vines are between five and twenty-five years old on average.

Winery: Following gentle crushing, the grapes were passed to concrete vats where they underwent fermentation using wild yeast. Fermentation lasted for over fifteen days, with frequent pump-overs and délestages. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in vat, before twenty percent of the wine was passed to French oak barrels for a minimum of six months.

Taste: Immediately approachable, this Bordeaux blend melds ripe plum and black cherry fruit flavours with dried herbs and a hint of spice. Silky tannins complement the medium-weight palate whilst the freshness lifts the finish.


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