Riecine Vigna Gittori Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019
Get to know: Riecine Vigna Gittori Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019
Riecine’s exceptional first ever Gran Selezione - the top level of Chianti classification. They've produced a wine with restrained power and great finesse. The aroma is immediately enticing with notes of rose, plump red berries and woody herbs. It continues to evolve as it opens up an breathes and is easy to get lost in. Take a sip and you'll find an elegant and silky structure with fine tannins and juicy acidity. There's ripe raspberry fruit and mellow spice bring lift, light and complexity to the finish.
Try this with a dry-aged high quality steak.
We've loved discovering the wine of Riecine. This is a benchmark example of Chianti wine. Sangiovese at it's best. I like how the fruit really stands out, and it's balanced so well with the savoury oak influence. Perfect dinner party wine.
Riecine has always followed a pioneering path, defining a new style and approach in this classic region. Founded by Englishman John Dunkley, and today run by the Frank family, the estate is committed to a natural approach in winemaking. Certified organic and following biodynamic processes, the land is gently nurtured with plants, flowers, and grasses encouraged to flourish. This is to promote vineyard diversity and the health of the land. Closely monitored pickers select only the best, ripest and cleanest bunches from the vines; everything else remains in the fields to return to the earth. With winemaking in the skilled hands of Alessandro Campatelli, low sulphur additions, natural yeasts and long fermentation are de rigeur, as wines are gently coaxed into the world. Adhering strictly to the belief in Sangiovese as the only variety that should be used, these incredible wines are honest examples of that overused phrase 'a true sense of place'.
Gran Selezione comes from the organically farmed single vineyard of Gittori. This special site is situated on a south-facing slope, situated at 500 metres above sea level, with vines planted in 1971. Soils are predominantly limestone, but also "Galestro", the local rocky, schist clay soils, which imparts its distinctive character on the wine.
Each plot within the single vineyard is vinified separately in open-top concrete tanks, macerated for around 25 days and pressed. The classification stipulates a minimum of 30 months ageing, a combination of 24 months in old French tonneaux, with at least a further 6 months of bottle refinement before release.