2017 La Vigna di San Martino Chianti Classico Riserva

2017 La Vigna di San Martino Chianti Classico Riserva

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17 Points JancisRobinson.com
2017 La Vigna di San Martino Chianti Classico Riserva
17 Points JancisRobinson.com

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An expertly made boutique Chianti from the cooler north west of Chianti. Truly artisinal, this wine is very rare in retail (and not just in the southern hemisphere). We know it exists because the winemaker is the accomplished Tuscan oenologist Giampaolo Chiettini, who was friends with John Caro years ago when they were both working at the legendary Chianti house Isole e Olena. Grown on soils very similar to Felsina's vineyards in Berardenga, this cooler terroir in Argiano allows Chiettini to produce a wine of even greater elegance and inherent harmony. This rare wine sells for $95 in Australia! At this price it's an absolute must for Sangiovese and fine wine lovers.

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$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle



Predominantly Sangiovese

Its Origins

The Vigna San Martino Chianti Classico is the project of oenologist Giampaolo Chiettini. Chiettini operates as a consultant oenologist in Tuscany, as well as throughout Italy and Europe. Trained in Trentino, Chiettini moved to Tuscany at a young age, where he spent many years working alongside Paolo De Marchi as winemaker at Isole e Olena, where he developed a profound understanding of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia del Chianti and Trebbiano. The Vigna San Martino is produced in miniscule quantities from a 1ha vineyard in Argiano, in the commune of San Casciano Val di Pesa, in the north-west of the Chianti Classico zone. The soil is a mixture of clay loam, stone fragments and sand, not unlike the soils of Berardenga in the south of Chianti Classico. The difference here is the cooler climate, producing more fragrant and tightly structured wines. The vineyard is at an altitude of 250 metres and is cultivated with organic methods. The vines are planted at a density of 5000 vines to the hectare, trained with the Guyot system. The ferments are carried out with wild yeasts and in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is racked into used barriques where it ages for 18 months. The wine is not clarified and only undergoes a light filtration prior to bottling, then bottle aged for a further 30 months prior to release.

What The Critics Say

17++/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller

"San Casciano is fast advancing as one of Chianti Classico's most promising areas, with many hidden treasures – this is one of them. A very recent outfit and very small in scale, run by Giampaolo Chiettini, consultant and oenologist to, among others, Castagnoli in Castellina in Chianti. Sangiovese fermented by indigenous yeast and aged in used barriques. Healthy mid crimson. Exciting and fresh nose with sour-cherry, sweet-raspberry compote, violets and a subtle spicy note from the oak. Pure, ripe tangy cherry fruit with finely woven tannins. Long and tangy and refreshing and with great depth – and all that from one of the hottest vintages on record. (WS)." Drink 2019 - 2026

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    2019 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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