Tuscany, along with Piedmont, is the foundation upon which Italy’s wine reputation has been built. In total, there are 29 wines with DOC status produced in the region. It is also home to 7 of Italy’s DOCG areas, and many premium non-classified wines.
Chianti accounts for a large part of the region with the most prestigious DOCG Chianti Classico wines coming from the beautiful central hills, which provide a tempering effect on the summertime heat, many vineyards are planted on the highest slopes. The principal grape variety is Sangiovese, alongside other indigenous and international varietals.
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When Virgillio, who founded the estate with his wife Rita, was asked which wine was his favourite he would respond resolutely: La Syrah, per sempre (the Syrah, forever and ever). There is so much to admire in this beautifully crafted, hedonistic wine. Rich and silky, but very serious, there are layers of peppered violets, kirsch and vanilla spice. Intense and...more
Bottle 75cl £100.60
Bottle 37.5cl £106.30
The grapes for Brunello 2011 come from both the vineyard named Deserti, in the area of Torrenieri - which is located northeast of Montalcino village - and from a selection of Rennina and Sugarille vineyards that surround the church of Santa Restituta - southwest of Montalcino village. Deserti vineyard has a northwest and southwest exposures, and its soil is a...more
Magnum 150cl £107.60
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...more
Bottle 75cl £112.60
Historically Brunello needed considerable ageing, and the minimum age before release is still 4 years. However Brunello is now being produced that is delicious from release as well as having good potential for ageing – the best of both worlds and an essential development in the face of changing modern tastes.
Coastal Tuscany, particularly the area around the beautiful village of Bolgheri really hit the map in the 1970s as a new class of wines known as “Super Tuscans” emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations, using international varieties, some were considered to be of outstanding quality and received high scores from the critics and commanded surprisingly high prices for the time.
The two most renowned Super Tuscans to this day are Sassicaia and Ornellaia, for which Armit are the exclusive UK agents! Bolgheri today is synonymous with winemaking of the highest order. Exceptional terroir along the coast complemented by the wonderful Mediterranean climate provide perfect conditions for vines not only in Bolgheri and the Maremma but down to Suvereto and beyond.