High-toned, red and dark berry fruit. Intense, refreshing and streamlined. Fruity, plummy flavours are complimented by a gently austere rockiness with hints of rock salt, herb and cassis leaf, too. Refined and a little reserved, but there is also something extremely moreish and drinkable about this. A beauty. Only Made from a unique Cabernet Franc Merlot mutation grown on a rocky hill north of Siena in Tuscany at 420 meters above sea level. The wine is aged for 22 months in 70% new Burgundian oak barriques followed by a further 18 months ageing in bottle before release. 2,425 magnums and 90 double magnums were made.
In today’s wine-thirsty cyberspace it is rare you come across something totally new and unique, a wine made from a grape variety you did not know existed and even less likely that it could be considered one of its country’s great wines. Introducing the cult that has become Il Carnasciale:
In the 1960s Remigio Bordini discovered a unique clone growing in Veneto, a vine clearly from the Cabernet family that also betrayed distinctive Merlot traits. Wolf and Bettina Rogosky were looking for something special to grow on their tiny 2.5ha Tuscan estate 420 meters above sea level, and this Cabernet Franc / Merlot mutation, known as Caberlot, was the perfect fit. The first plantings were made in 1985 and the first wine was made in 1988, but barely a decade later Wolf sadly died. However, his wife Bettina, their son Moritz and winemaker Peter Schilling have since ensured great success for the estate, earning Il Carnasciale a cult following.