Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016 HALF Bottle (37.5cl)


Red, Tuscany, Italy

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The 2015 of this lovely Brunello was described as ‘luxurious’ by Alice Lascelles of the Financial Times when we sent her a sample last year. So, it’s a tough act to follow but we’re more than happy with the 2016! It’s a fine Brunello with almost-endless layers of flavour, impeccable purity of fruit and a perfumed, elegant style.

The Sangiovese grapes were fermented for up to three weeks then aged in oak for 24 months before being blended and aged for an additional six months in concrete vats, and several more years in bottle. The 2016 is expressive with deliciously perfumed red berry aromas, hints of clove, tea and black olive, and a full but poised palate, with extremely fine tannins to provide longevity. It will age for a year or two longer than the 2015 (drink the 2016 now with decanting or age till 2028-2030 in half bottle).14.5% ABV

Founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859, the estate is now run and maintained by the 4th and 5th generation, Angelo Gaja and children Gaia and Giovanni. They are still based in Barbaresco but have also purchased land in prime Tuscan vineyard areas: Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino (27 hectares), to make Brunello di Montalcino, and Ca’ Marcanda (126 hectares) in Bolgheri. Angelo Gaja was an early promoter of single-vineyard wines, now known as ‘Crus’ following the Burgundy mould, making small quantities of exceptional quality wines with utmost care. The reputation of the estate is such that many would consider them, in the words of the Wine Spectator, ‘perhaps the finest Italian wines ever made’.

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14.5% ABV

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Half Bottle (37.5cl)