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.
- 2016 LibertaToscana IGT0.75l Red€14.10 €11.65A great value Super Tuscan wine made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and a small quantity of Sangiovese grapes grown on the Colazzi estate. The wine brings out the best of each of these grapes: Merlot's soft tannins, fresh, red fruit aroma’s from the Cabernet Franc, Syrah’s 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 city’s freedom. Dark, violet coloured with soft, ripe red fruit flavours, attractive and fresh on the palate with sweet tannins and good balance. As the vineyard grows older, the wine becomes richer and more expressive giving it a lot of personality. Matches well with pasta, tomato sauce, meats and cheeses.
- 2017 Otto MuriToscana IGT0.75l White€15.95 €13.18This lovely white Tuscan wine comes from the local Fiano grape grown in a small plot of the Collazzi estate just above Florence. It has a bright straw colour, unique, fine fruity aroma of pears and quince undercut with notes of flor and hazelnuts to create a very « umami » style of wine. 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels to give structure to the wine. Otto Muri, named for the walls that surround the vineyard, is a very pretty, with a fine, mineral taste. On the finish there is super freshness and precision. Fine and well-made. Drink immediately for 2-3 years. Serve with fine seafood.
- 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.