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Red, Complex, Medium/Full-bodied, 2012; Region: Tuscany.
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Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
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Alcohol Content: 14 %Aging: In barrels for 18 monthsBottle Aging: 6 MonthsSoil Type: Sandstone (Alberese) and bluish-gray chalky marlstone (Galestro)Serving Temp: 18° C
Chianti’s viticultural practice dated back as far as the 13th century when vineyards were flourishing around the city of Florence, in the region of Tuscany. Over the centuries, this wine producing region has expanded and divided into seven sub-areas, with Chianti Classico being the largest and includes the heart of Chianti. The most planted grape variety in Chianti is still the signature native red of Italy, the Sangiovese. Hence it is no surprise that for the Chianti reds, Sangiovese is the major blending grape with minimum 75%, and other approved grape varieties for the remaining 25% including both native and international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot and Syrah.
The Nunzi family wine business was started by Gualtiero Nunzi in the late 1800s when he purchased the family’s first vineyard at Mercatale Val di Peza, in the heart of the Chianti region and where the grapes for the world famous Antinori Solaia is produced. Over the decades, the family successfully expanding their land and diversifying into several businesses. Since beginning, their wines have always been estate produced, on a property area of 80 ha, 27 ha of which are dedicated to planting of vines. Huge investments has also been made to modernize their viticultural practices and wine making equipment, a testimony to their passion and dedication of producing wines of highest quality. The son of Nunzi, Armando would go on to bring the winery to the next level of success and even became the president of Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, a union of Chianti producers that promotes the wines of Chianti Classico, improving quality, regulate the wine production practices and preventing wine fraud.
Chianti Classico wines are usually viewed as premium Chianti and to be labelled as a Riserva, by Italian wine law, it has to be aged in the winery for a minimum of two years (oak and bottle age in total) before release. The extended oak ageing period allows the wine to enhance its body, flavour, texture and at the same time soften the tannins which makes it smooth and round.
This Nunzi Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, which is a quality-driven red that possesses layers of complexity on the nose, from the pronounced primary fruit spectrum of fresh red berries, redcurrants and cherries to the tertiary notes of nuts, cinnamons, toast and vanilla. Rich tannins, firm structure, well-balanced wine with a creamy feel and freshness of fruit acid, all coming together to provide a dense lasting finishing.
For international food - recommended pairing with BBQ meat, hamburgers, beef stews, lamb.
For local delights - recommended pairing with fried BBQ meat (satay), charcoal chicken wings.