Located in the sunny Maremma region of Tuscany is a 150 hectare estate that sits looking over the sea. Producing a range of reds from distinctly French varieties but with such quality and class that it is hard to fault them. Grenache, known as Alicante here, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Merlot plus Sangiovese and a handful of native varieties sit 200-600 metres above sea level over 40 hectare. They are lovingly grown organically with biodynamic conversion currently taking place. The wines are an extension of the care shown to the growing process. The grapes are handled as little as possible with little to no additions. Old oak or cement tanks are used extensively and so the product in the bottle shows the purity and freshness of the land.
Unlitro is a reference to the one litre bottle that houses the wine. What it doesn’t allude to is the quality that is immediately evident when you taste the wine inside. Dark and red fruits, spice, gamey and a sweet perfume that is like roses and fairy floss. The palate is rich of fruit but fairly soft structurally. It is mid weight and easy to drink alone or with a wide range of red meats or tomato based dishes. This wine is highly drinkable and really pleasing without being too complex or cerebral.
Garnacha – Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.
Central Italy – When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.