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TUA RITA

When Rita Tua and her husband bought property in southern Tuscany in 1984, they were not ambitious, they simply wanted to work the land in a natural way. What happened was that their honesty and meticulousness would maintain the perfect terroir for grapes - particularly Merlot. Tua Rita Redigaffi became a legend when Robert Parker awarded it his first 100 point score in 2000, and Tua Rita’s portfolio has since maintained a rivalry to the first wave of Super Tuscans from a little further north. Armit Wines has been Tua Rita’s exclusive UK importer since 2010…

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2012 Giusto Di Notri

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Case of 6 x 75cl £244.08

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In this, Giusto di Notri's 20th vintage, there is no doubting the pedigree of this wonderful Super Tuscan. This brilliant release from Tua Rita is, quite simply, an embarrassment of superlatives. Incredibly bright, youthful Cabernet stands out among the classic blueberry, bramble and all spice. There is pepper, a hint of pot pourri and a smoky element which all follow...

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2012 Giusto Di Notri, Tua Rita

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2012 Rosso dei Notri

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Case of 12 x 75cl £248.16

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An Armit Wines favourite, Tua Rita’s 2012 Rosso di Notri exceeds expectations. Pretty notes of ripe plum, dark cherry and fruit compote create a generous and wild aroma. Soft rounded tannins balance an opulent array of violet flowers and morello cherries, giving this a velvety, layered texture and a fresh, youthful vibrancy. The overall impression is one of balance and...

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2011 Giusto Di Notri

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The Giusto di Notri 2011 has a beautifully elegant and well integrated nose of concentrated red and morrello cherries, alongside ripe blueberries and blackberries and a touch of cedar and savoury earthiness. The palate has a full and velvety texture of cherries and crushed blackberries with plenty of silky tannins that ride the succulent, juicy wave of harmonious finesse to...

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2011 Giusto Di Notri, Tua Rita

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2014 Giusto Di Notri

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Bottle 75cl £45.08

Case of 6 £270.48

Case of 6 x 75cl £270.48

Case of 6 x 75cl £296.88

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2014 Giusto Di Notri, Tua Rita

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2016 Syrah Keir

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Bottle 75cl £95.08

Case of 3 £285.24

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2016 is the first vintage of this 100% Syrah, and what an exciting wine it is! It's kept on its skins in amphorae for six months, followed by a further five months maturation in old oak. The lack of overt new oak allows the pure and transparent quality of the fruit to shine much more, and personally I love this...

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2016 Syrah Keir, Tua Rita

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2012 Syrah

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Case of 3 x 75cl £305.64

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The production of Tua Rita’s Syrah is minute; just 2500 bottles were made in 2012. Unsurprisingly, this is an exceptional wine that displays a wonderful, silky texture and a multifaceted character. An effortless charm distinguishes this Syrah, revealing beautifully pure notes of violet, red cherry, kirsch and soft, warming vanilla spice. The fruit is intensely compelling, with a joyful, viscerally...

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2012 Syrah, Tua Rita

Bottle 75cl £101.88

2017 Giusto Di Notri

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Bottle 75cl £52.68

Case of 6 £316.08

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2017 Giusto Di Notri, Tua Rita

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2016 Redigaffi

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Magnum 150cl £341.36

Bottle 75cl

Single bottle£161.68

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Due to unprecedented demand, Redigaffi 2016 is now only available directly from our Private Clients team. Please contact them at clients@armitwines.co.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7908 0600.With its intense colour, Redigaffi 2016 is defined by its pure strength. Concentrated and bold, these are the characteristics of the vintage, and here they are in perfect balance. Complex, persistent, long, generous, with intense notes...

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2016 Redigaffi, Tua Rita

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2016 Giusto Di Notri

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Bottle 75cl £60.08

Case of 6 £360.48

Magnum 150cl

Single bottle£107.36

Double Magnum 300cl

Single bottle£226.72

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This deeply intense Giusto is an intensely powerful wine with confident body and tannic structure. Layers of dark blackberry and exotic spices are accompanied by a dark cocoa depth. It is fierce but there is beautiful finesse to the tannins. The core of sweetness which marks Giusto out, every year, is out in force once again. This is unmistakable Tuscan...

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2017 Syrah Per Sempre

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Bottle 75cl £120.68

Case of 3 £362.04

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2017 Syrah Per Sempre, Tua Rita

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2015 Syrah Per Sempre

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Bottle 75cl £135.08

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The production of Tua Rita’s Syrah is minute; and only made in the finest vintages.  Unsurprisingly, this is an exceptional effort that displays a stunning, silken texture and a multifaceted character. Charmingly floral, it reveals violet, red cherry, kirsch and soft, warming vanilla spice.  The fruit is intense and rich; with a joyful youthfulness and a vibrant red peppercorn fragrance...

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2015 Syrah Per Sempre, Tua Rita

Bottle 75cl £135.08

2016 Syrah Per Sempre

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Bottle 75cl £135.08

Case of 3 £405.24

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Due to unprecedented demand, Syrah Per Sempre 2016is now only available directly from our Private Clients team. Please contact our Private Clients team at clients@armitwines.co.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7908 0600.The production of Tua Rita’s Syrah Per Sempre is very small and only made in the finest vintages. This is an exceptional effort that displays thickset tannins and intense flavours...

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Even when the Super Tuscan pioneers were establishing Bolgheri as a great wine-producing region to the south of Chianti, there were limits to how far down Tuscany the great winemaking aristocratic families would go. So it was up to a modest farming couple to establish an estate (if that’s not too grand a word) in the Alto Maremma, beside the Golfo di Follonica. The intention in 1984, when Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought a property near Suvereto, was simply to live in harmony with nature and farm in a natural way. They had no idea that an initial planting of two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot would be the start of the second generation of Super Tuscans.

The low-elevation, gently sloping Tua Rita hillsides, standing just 100m above sea level, are rich in silt and clay, which has been carried down over the years from the metalliferous hills of the Val di Cornia further inland, giving the earth a nuanced character of iron richness and salinity - a personality which is carried through the vines and fruit into the wines through a policy of minimal intervention.

The grapes from the early plantings mainly found their way into Sassicaia, while Rita Tua and Virgilio expanded their vineyards and built towards creating their own Tua Rita wine in 1992. They took on Luca D’Attoma as consultant oenologist but remained closely involved themselves, as well as staying true to the original aim of farming naturally, although without a formal definition such as organic or biodynamic. Luca moved on to other projects in 2000, with Tua Rita wine well established, but returned to the fold after a 10 year break to help in the wake of the sad death of Virgilio in 2010.

Despite the expansion of the Tua Rita winery and cellar at the turn of the millennium, hand-picked grapes still arrive in small batches at harvest. They are meticulously selected and de-stemmed at the sorting tables.Then, after gentle crushing, the must is transferred to conical wooden vats for fermentation. Depending on the vintage, maceration lasts twenty-five to thirty days, with carefully regulated remontage. After fermentation, the Tua Rita wine is transferred by gravity flow into oak barriques for malolactic fermentation, before maturing in oak for at least 18 months.

As the vineyards expanded to 9.5 hectares, then 20ha by 2000 and now 35ha, other varietals were planted - including Cabernet Franc, Tua Rita Syrah and Sangiovese. This has allowed some outstanding and highly distinctive wines to be produced.

It didn’t take long for success to come to Tua Rita after the first vintage in 1992. Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, was immediately recognised as a Bordeaux-style wine to rival the established Super Tuscans a few kilometers north - a vibrant expression of pure fruit with an opulence expressive of the extra warmth of this terroir.

Tua Rita Giusto di Notri arrived alongside a single-varietal wine which would hit the heights for international connoisseurs, the 100% Merlot Tua Rita Redigaffi. James Suckling awarded the 1997 100 points. Robert Parker called the 1999 Tua Rita Redigaffi “as close to perfection as a wine can get”, then relented the following year to give the 2000 vintage his first ever 100. In subsequent vintages, Tua Rita Redigaffi has continued to soak up the superlatives - an iron fist in a velvet glove, with jammy dark fruit notes, dark chocolate and strong spices.

Other wines have come along over time. Another monovarietal wine, Tua Rita Syrah, was to become Virgilio’s favourite - a rich and silky wine with many layers. Rita Tua and Virgilio’s daughter, Simena, and son-in-law, Stefano Frascolla, now run operations - with Rita Tua more often in the kitchen than the cellar nowadays (though no less certain of the way things should be done!). Armit Wines has been working with Simena and Stefano as Tua Rita’s UK distributor since 2010.

A small estate of Stefano’s, bought back in 1997, is the source of Tua Rita’s second wine, Rosso dei Notri - a Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah blend. Sangiovese is front and centre of the opulent Perlato del Bosco Rosso, with a small but balancing contribution from Cabernet Sauvignon, while its white counterpart blends Chardonnay with Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Over 30 years on, Rita Tua’s family is living and working in harmony with nature as she and her husband intended - they just happen to be producing some of Italy’s finest wines as well.

From Tua Rita Giusto di Notri to Perlato del Bosco Rosso, browse Tua Rita wines and order online today.
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