Toscana is probably the most famous of all Italy’s wine producing area, home as it is of wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano all made from the local Sangiovese grape. This large region in central Italy hugs the Tyrrhenian coast on the west side of the country. Although this is mainly red wine country, it makes one white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and a dessert wine, Vino Santo. There are 33 DOC appellations and nine DOCGs.
Toscana has evolved a great deal in the last 30 years and has transformed itself from a region that sold wine in raffia clad flasks (fiasco) to a upmarket wine region producing wines to rival the top wines in the world such as Ornellaia, Sassicaia and Massetto. Building on the success of Sassicaia that is made from Cabernet grapes, a new class of wines called Super Tuscans emerged produced from international grapes sometimes blended with Sangiovese. Today, some of these wines have been welcomed into the official classification system but many still prefer to use the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipici) label and there are now five sub-categories of IGT wines.
The history of wine growing in Toscana is of course very old and dates back to the Etruscans long before the Romans. The monasteries and great merchant families of Florence (including the Antinoris and Frescobaldis) kept the wine traditions alive. Toscana includes the oldest wine appellation in the world – Chianti which was defined in 1716. The climate of Toscana is a warm, Mediterranean one mitigated with sea breezes.
- 2014 LibertaToscana IGT0,75l Red€12.34 €10.20A superb Tuscan wine and at a fantastic price, Liberta 2014 is a very pretty wine with lots of appeal. A blend of Merlot, Syrah with a small proportion of Sangiovese, it has a bright velvet red colour and lovely fruit aromas of red and morello cherries and damsons. The palate is silky-smooth with a fine balance between the fruit, oak and tannins. It is a delicious wine which can be served lightly chilled (around 14°C) to bring out the fresh, fruity characters. An excellent pairing for tomato-based dishes and grilled meats.
- 2015 LibertaToscana IGT0,75l Red€14.00 €11.57A great value Super Tuscan wine made from a blend of Merlot, Syrah and a small quantity of Sangiovese grapes grown on the Colazzi estate. Libertà is made with grapes from the Collazzi estate. The wine brings out the best of each of these grapes: Merlot's soft tannins, Syrahs spicy richness and the elegant fragrance of Sangiovese. The wine owes its name to a donation that the City of Florence made to eight local families, among which the former owners of Collazzi, who had valiantly fought for the citys freedom. Dark coloured with soft, red fruit flavours, round and ripe on the palate with sweet tannins and good balance. This is a rich and spicy wine without being overpowering which matches well with pasta, tomato sauce, meats and cheeses. Drink : 2017-2019.
- 2011 CollazziToscana IGT0,75l Red€32.25 €26.65A soft, fruity wine with a good tannic structure which is almost ready to drink now. It is elegant and rich with a lovely deep ruby-garnet colour. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the nose is open and enticing, with notes of ripe fruit and cedar oak. The palate is round, rich and very smooth. Made in the Bordeaux style with a Tuscan exhuberance.
- 2015 CollazziToscana IGT0,75l Red€35.01 €28.93The flagship of the Collazzi estate, this super Tuscan wine is produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot; a typical « Bordeaux Blend » but with ripe fruit, elegance and lots of Tuscan warmth and spice. 2015 was a great year and this wine has really beautiful balance and freshness. A great favourite of our team, this is a beautiful wine with flavours of dark ripe plums and blackberries, balsamic notes and fine oak. Serve with meat dishes or aged cheese. Drink now for the next 5 years.