Producer: Gaja

Grape: 100% Sangiovese

Pronunciation: ‘San-gee-oh-ve-ze’

Region: Tuscany

Zone: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Producer Info:

Gaja is one of the great wine names of Italy and the world, known best for his Barbarescos and Barolos, which created a new paradigm in Italian wine-making. In the 1980s, after establishing himself as a true wine-making virtuoso, he quickly realised that all of the best vineyards in Piedmont had been bought up. This was largely thanks his flagship wines cementing prices that could compete with leading Bordeaux and resultantly leading terroir in this region became goldmines. As such he naturally turned his attention to Italy’s traditionally most prestigious red wine, Brunello di Montalcino. In 1994 he acquired his first property in Tuscany, Pieve Santa Restituta, a glorious 16 hectares vineyard in Brunello di Montalcino. Gaja’s two decades of work in Brunello di Montalicno, synthesising his wine-making methods in Piedmonte and applying them to Sangiovese, resulted in the release of his first vintage of Brunello in 2005.

Tasting note: The 2011 Brunello opens with a bouquet of wildflowers and red berries, followed by fresh balsamic notes, notably sweet licorice and thyme. The palate is very clean, with flavors of fresh plum and red cherry, well integrated wood aromas and silky tannins.

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: calcareous clay soil

Production: 4 weeks in stainless-steel vats followed by 12 months in barrique (first-, second-, and third-passage casks) and a further 12 months in botti (large thirty-year-old casks).

Alcohol (%) 14.5%