May 2016 Selection

Antinori, a question of style

May 2016 Selection

Il Bruciato 2014 (2 bottles)
Marchesi Antinori Bramìto del Cervo 2015 (2 bottles)
Tormaresca Calafuria 2015 (2 bottles)

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The Marquises of Antinori have been dedicated to the production of wine for more than seven hundred years and are members of the long tradition of PFV (Primum Familiae Vini), an exclusive international association which some of Europe's oldest wine-making families belong to, including those of Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia.

Over the centuries and through 26 generations, the Antinori family has always directly participated in the management of its wine estates and remained faithful to principles which combine tradition and innovation. Thanks to this, we can enjoy today such notable wines as Tignanello and Solaia.

The family's historic winery is located in Tuscany (Chianti), but over the years the Antinoris have also been actively involved in developing many projects in other regions; in many cases, it has been they themselves who have been forerunners of the growth experienced by certain denominations, such as Bolgheri in the 1960s and Puglia in the 1990s.

Our selection for this month has settled on a red, a white and a rosé from three wineries and three different denominations: Bolgheri, Umbria and Puglia. Three wines which don't appear to have anything in common, except the Antinori family's unique style and its long-standing tradition of more than 700 years.

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Il Bruciato 2014 (2 bottles)

Red. Guado al Tasso - Marchesi Antinori Bolgheri, Italy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Bottle: £13.56 club members / £15.42 non-members

Tenuta Guado al Tasso is a winery located in the Bolgheri denomination, in the same part as some of Italy's most renowned wineries and the cypress trees of the Viale dei Cipressi, the avenue which the Nobel Prize winner Giosuè Carducci immortalised in his poems. Here the winery possesses about 300 ha of vineyards which extend from the Tyrrhenian Sea coast right up to the hills.

Il Bruciato is the younger sibling of Guado al Tasso, the company's emblematic wine, and in comparison it shows greater immediacy and liveliness. It's made from a selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes originating from the winery's vineyards, with management in the expert hands of the Antinori family and under rigorous quality standards.

Once in the winery, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the coupage's predominant variety, ferments for roughly two weeks at 30 degrees, whereas the Merlot and Syrah do so at a lower temperature in order to keep their varietal aromas unchanged. After fermentation, the wine will undergo 8 months of ageing in barrel, followed by another 4 months of refinement in bottle before being released onto the market.

Appearing a dark ruby colour, Il Bruciano offers an expressive bouquet that reveals notes of forest fruits, flowers, terracotta, leather, tobacco and sweet spices. On the palate, its outstanding features are its coherence, its balance and the slight harshness of its tannins, which provides the earthy touches which we'd been able to discern on the nose. It ends with a long finish exhibiting pleasant fruity touches.

Sirloin steak / lamb

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Il Bruciato 2014
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Marchesi Antinori Bramìto del Cervo 2015 (2 bottles)

White. Castello della Sala - Marchesi Antinori Umbria, Italy Chardonnay

Bottle: £9.70 club members / £11.03 non-members

Bramito del Cervo is a single varietal Chardonnay which the Castello della Sala winery has been making since 1994 in its majestic medieval building in the Umbrian Apennines. Although the winery's origins date back to the 14th Century, since 1940 the estate has belonged to the Antinori family and presently possesses 500 ha of land, with 140 ha dedicated to vines. In this geographic location of gentle hills, the vineyards grow at an altitude that ranges between 200 and 450 metres, on clay soils rich in fossils set originally in sedimentary and volcanic rock.

As typically found with this exceptional family's wines, those made by Castello della Sala are also characterised by a philosophy that combines tradition and modernity without losing a single iota of quality. As proof of this, in addition to the cellars of the ancient medieval fortress, where the barrel ageing of the wines still takes place, a new modern wine-making room was built in 1985. Here special attention is given to the temperature in order to preserve the aromatic qualities of the grapes, another of this winery's distinctive features and not just one pertaining to Bramito del Cervo.

A Chardonnay in all its purity, straw-coloured with greenish flecks and a nose that offers a fascinating and complete bouquet of varietal notes (tropical and citrus fruits, peaches), dried herbs, and other notes imparted by its short stay in oak: sweet spices and hazelnuts in particular. Bramito del Cervo is a well-balanced wine with good structure, fresh and creamy at the same time, clear-cut, clean and with a pleasantly fruity finish.

  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Marchesi Antinori Bramìto del Cervo 2015
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Tormaresca Calafuria 2015 (2 bottles)

Rosé. Tormaresca Salento, Italy Negroamaro

Bottle: £8.18 club members / £9.30 non-members

The project which the Antinori family started in Puglia at the end of the 1990s is today one of this denomination's most famous names. Thanks to the Tormaresca winery, this region's old native varieties have been rediscovered and re-evaluated and the wines of Apulia have enjoyed a renaissance, something that has much to do with the abandoning of large-scale production in favour of quality.

The values which have sustained Tormaresca's success are none other than those which the Antinori family has been upholding for 26 generations: close ties with the land, clear respect for tradition and history, and a strong commitment to innovation.

In 1998, when the Antinoris alighted in Puglia, they procured estates, Bocca di Luppo in Murge and Masseria Maime in Salento, both with excellent soils for cultivating vines, but with a total lack of structure and procedures oriented towards high quality production. The Antinoris, together with the world-famous oenologist Renzo Cotarella, decided upon the construction of a new, modern building that combines tradition, respect for the environment and innovation.

Calafuria is an expressive rosé originating from vineyards of the Negroamaro variety that grow near the sea. The grapes, harvested and selected by hand, are gently pressed once in the winery, and are maintained at a rigorously controlled temperature during each process in order to preserve all their primary aromas.

Hardly has the nose approached the glass and we can discern its delicious fruit-charged aromas (raspberries, strawberries, cherries), combined with other sweet floral notes of roses and wisteria, and hints of tamarind and grated orange rind. A rosé with a clean and vibrant bouquet which, once on the palate, appears fresh, fruit-forward and saline. An ideal wine to accompany a summer meal focusing on fish.

  • Alcohol content: 12,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 8ºC and 10ºC

Tormaresca Calafuria 2015
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