Maretti Chianti (6pk)
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Tasting Notes: Chianti remains one of the most lauded and long-lived wine regions in Italy specialising in the variety Sangiovese. This wine is sourced from a small grower in Chianti Rufina one of the highest and coolest parts of the region resulting in wines that are quite granite rich with a mineral edge and fine acidity. Whilst the majority of the region’s vineyard owners still sell their fruit to large wineries and co-operatives, an increasing number are opting to make small amounts of wine themselves, selling directly under their own label such as Maretti.
Winemaking: Traditionally vinified in small open stainless-steel fermenters, controlled to twenty-six degrees, and hand plunged daily with fermentation lasting fifteen days. Following fermentation the wine is aged for just over twelve months in large seasoned (2,000 litres) oak casks before bottling and a further six months maturation before release.
2020 Vintage: 2020 could well be one of the best vintages in recent memory. Due to the pandemic, it
forced vignerons back into the vineyards to concentrate and put care into vine health. Beginning with a mild winter the growing season that followed was warm and dry. Spring was dry with showers before a hot dry summer pushed the fruit to ripeness. Although picking days were hot, the nights were cool, preserving the aromatics and acidity in the grapes.
Tasting Note: Chianti at its fragrant best. An amalgam of red berries and black olive complemented by dried herbs adding savoury edge. Fresh and bright palate weight with fine grain tannins that ensures it ends dry. Great drinkability here and a stablemate for a home-made Lasagne or Pappardelle with mushrooms.