Grattamacco, Bolgheri Superiore, 2016

  Grattamacco

Suave dark and red forest berry fruit. Some sapid, resinous notes of pine and cedar make the juicy fruit all the more mouth-watering. Bright cherry notes together with rich but measured cassis flavours dance nimbly across the palate, whilst the fine-grained Cabernet tannins give the wine grip and focus. A glorious, enticing marriage of modern and classical. A compelling Tuscan blend to tuck away for 5-10 years. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese the special grey clay, marl and limestone soils here help give their Sangiovese a certain depth. From vineyards on steep slopes in the hills 100 metres above sea level and made in a gently-extracted way this is a complex Bolgheri designed for unadulterated drinking pleasure rather than for the trophy cabinet. The wine was aged for 21 months in barriques (40% new,) as opposed to the usual 18 months, with a further 12 months’ refinement in bottle.

Contains Sulphites.

About Grattamacco

This was the second winery to be founded in Bolgheri in 1977 after Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame. The 14 hectares of organically farmed vineyard are situated on top of a hill, facing the sea, between Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri - 100m above sea level. This unusually high altitude, for Bolgheri at least, and its inland location means that this part of the region is windier and less humid. Ordinarily Sangiovese cannot grow in Bolgheri due to it being very sensitive to humid conditions, however, in Grattamacco’s micro climate it thrives. This is therefore one of the rare wines from the Tuscan coast to have any Sangiovese in it, to the tune of 15%, adding verve to the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The wine is aged for 18 months in barriques, up to a maximum of 40% new barrels.

Appellation: Tuscany

Tuscany (or Toscana) is a large region made up of many significant smaller areas that are known across the world for the level of quality that they produce. Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri and Chianti can both be found here as well as the infamous "Super Tuscans".

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Sangiovese

An innovative super-Tuscan blend that includes a proportion of Sangiovese, perhaps the best exponent is Tenuta San Guido and their Guidalberto.