Get to know: Marchesi Antinori, Tignanello Toscana 1995
An iconic Italian wine that is easy to fall for. Tignanello 1995 is really exceptional, still being at the top of its form, despite its respectable age. A great intense and deep wine combining subtle notes of plum and cassis on a smoky nose, fine spices, noble oaky and an undeniable sensuality characterized by its exceptional structure - full-bodied, rich and complex, with a lengthy finish.
A wine to savour while enjoying fine food such as a vension and mushroom wellington.
"If ever there was a red wine for a special occasion, this is it. Tignanello is a 'Super Tuscan' that has earned its stellar reputation. We have a tiny amount of this fine wine, and it's not often we get our hands on an older vintage such as this. It's one to savour now, if you can."
Marchesi Antinori dates back to the 14th century and is one of Italy's largest and most prominent wineries.
Tignanello is the most famous of all Antinori's wines. The vineyard of the same name extends to 57 hectares (140 acres) on limestone-rich soils on a southwest-facing slope 350-400m (1150-1300ft) above sea level.
This wine was the first in the region to combine the regional staple Sangiovese with non-traditional international varieties, in this case Cabernet Sauvignon. The move resulted in the wine being classified as a basic Vino da Tavola, despite it being a very fine wine. The blends, which came to be known as 'Super Tuscans' are now a classified as Toscana IGT.
Tignanello is typically 80 percent Sangiovese with 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Cabernet Franc and aged for 12-14 months in a mix of new and one year-old French and Hungarian oak.
The label was designed by Silvio Coppola in 1974 for the release of Tignanello 1971.