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Torre La Villa Chianti Colli Senesi 2015

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Country:Italy
Regions:Tuscany
Chianti
Grape Type:Sangiovese
Winery:Fattoria La Torre
Product Description


Intense vinous bouquet with a beguiling blackberry and violet notes.
On the palate round and robust with hints of wild berries, dark cherry and spice. This Chianti has excellent acidity and a long cherry filled finish.

Grapes: 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Malvasia Nera
Vineyards: La Torre is one of the original estates in San Gimignano and has 350 hectares in the hills of San Gimignano. It has clay, marl and calcareous soil with a large percentage of rocks and stones for good drainage. The vineyards lie at 300 to 400 meters. Vines are an average of 15 years old.
Harvest: October - by hand
Yield per hectare: 75 Quintals per hectare
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures. The juice is pumped over twice daily. The maceration period is about 15 days.
Aging: 10 months in large Slavonian oak casks
Acidity: 6
Alcohol: 12.5%

Pairs well with white and red meats, traditional Tuscan dishes.


Winery: Fattoria La Torre

La Torre farm takes its name from the antique 10th Century Medieval tower, which has been skilfully refurbished and even today is the distinguishing feature of the rural village, La Villa, located in the hills of San Gimignano, in the centre of the most suggestive and fascinating landscapes on earth: a land of vineyards and olive groves.

Owner: Enrico Angiolini
Winery Philosophy: The Vernaccia of Enrico Angiolini is estate bottled and estate produced and made with 100% Vernaccia. It has a seductively floral bouquet, a clean slightly flinty taste and a finish that is long and satisfying. The body is rich and velvety. The change from DOC to DOCG and the more stringent restrictions have not changed the way Vernaccia is produced at La Torre as Angiolini has always imposed strict quality controls. His is the style of Vernaccia that Michelangelo must have had in mind when he demanded several cases as part of his payment while painting the Sistine Chapel.

 

Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first DOC in Italy for white wine and had a much more widespread recognition in the past than it does today. The Vernaccia of the past was a light golden-colored wine, full-bodied, rich and round, with a special freshness and elegance. This description alone gives the impression of a wine that can age and, in fact, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the only Italian white wine that has the right to be called Riserva if aged for 1 year. Greed, over-production and poor administration has begun to wear away at the image of this wine and the traditional style that brought it so much acclaim in the past.

Winery Acreage: 350 hectares, but only 42ha under vine.
Varietals Produced: Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Winemaker: Enrico Angiolini

The fame of this varietal (100% Vernaccia) is as much tied to the city from which it comes as to the wine itself. San Gimignano is a beautiful Tuscan town renown for its towers. In a great show of one-upmanship during the 10th Century the inhabitants constructed 72 towers each one more beautiful and higher than the other. Today only 14 of those towers remain and one is on the 350 hectare estate of Enrico Angiolini, 42 of which are under vine. Angiolini is a traditionalist and he believes that more than just the fame of this city should be tied to the wine. He fought hard to see that the wine bearing the San Gimignano name is from grapes grown and bottled within the confines of the community. He was successful not only from blocking large Chianti houses from bottling Vernaccia outside the zone, but he was also responsible for its receiving a DOCG, Italy’s second white wine to be so honored.


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Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The 2014 vintage is the maiden release of Cabernet Sauvignon from Keermont Vineyards. All the grapes come from their Cottage Lane Vineyard on the mid-slopes of the Helderberg. This vineyard is situated on the crest of a ridge (320m above sea level) so has aspects ranging from East through North to West. It is very exposed resulting in small vines with low yields. This has allowed them to make a relatively fine grained Cabernet, but the clay soils translate to a wine with power, tension and fresh acidity.

Rich crimson red color. The nose is a complex mix of savoury notes: crushed herbs, violets, sandalwood, leather and some lovely bright red fruit. The palate is fine and yet powerful. Lush spicy red fruit is complimented by blueberry and bramble notes. Powerful tight-knit tannin and a very linear acidity afford the wine a long succulent finish. Drink 2017-2030

All grapes used in producing their wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 22 months maturing in 225 Litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration. They produced just 3654 bottles. The wine was bottle matured in the Keermont cellar for a further 18 months before release.

VINTAGE REPORT
The season’s winter was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time. Keermont experienced record rainfall and even snow on the mountains during August 2013. This allowed for good vine growth during the spring, but also increased the mildew pressure and resulted in an unusually large insect population. Fortunately neither of these had a major impact on our crop. Our soils stayed moist throughout the growing season thanks to moderate temperatures and we hardly had to irrigate at all before harvest. A series of heat waves in early February jolted us into harvest action. The vines, which had been very nurtured by all the moisture, suddenly started to show some signs of stress and we needed to pick quite a few of the blocks over a short period. The favourable growing conditions contributed to a healthy crop of 150 tons for Keermont Vineyards.

ANALYSIS
Alc: 15.0 %
pH: 3.69
TA: 5.58g/L
RS: 1.72 g/L TSO2: 63 mg/L VA: 0.82 g/L


Review:

"This is the first vintage of this varietal Cabernet, grown on red clay loam soils at 300 metres. The vines are still quite young, but it’s a superb début, with subdued oak, savoury, perfumed top notes, fine-grained tannins and pure cassis and wild herb flavours. One to watch. 2019-25."

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2017 Special Report), 93 pts


"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a new addition to the Keermont range. It comes from a single, low-yielding block, although it will not be labelled as such, from loamy soils around 300 meters above sea level. Most of the maturation is in 225-liter barrels with around 20% new oak. It has a straightforward bouquet, perhaps not quite as personality-driven as the Cabernet Franc at the moment, but developing pleasing graphite/pencil box scents with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, good body and presence in the mouth with that graphite theme continuing from the aromatics. Well balanced and harmonious towards the finish, I would afford this a couple of years in bottle to develop more varietal character. - Neal Martin"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #230, April 2017), 91 pts

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