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Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 £33.40
BANFI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG
Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. This award-winning estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation and is recognized as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking.
Dedication to excellence has won the approval of aficionados the world over. Capturing honour after prestigious honour, Castello Banfi is a constellation of single vineyards encompassing over three dozen varying subsoils. The estate is renowned for its clonal research that allows noble grape varieties to thrive in their optimal terroir, creating not only a consistently outstanding Brunello but the ultimate expression of Montalcino Super Tuscans.
Nestled between the Orcia and Ombrone rivers on the southern slopes of Montalcino, Tuscany, the Castello Banfi estate is unique for its wine culture and tradition. A constellation of single vineyards dot one-third of this three-thousand-hectare domain, each unique in its own terroir yet united in a singular heritage and production style. The wines of Castello Banfi range are the result of careful selections from their best vineyards in Montalcino and they are an unbeaten example of an ancient and wise wine-making tradition combined with innovative technologic solutions both in the winery and in the vineyard.
2015 will certainly be included among the great harvests of Montalcino. The copious winter and spring rains, alternating with sunny and breezy days, ensured proper water storage in the ground, together with a homogenous growth of the grapes in the months of May and June. The summer period, with rather high temperatures, favoured the regular development of the grape. At the same time, the ripening took place gradually and perfectly thanks to the good day/night temperature ranges. The almost total absence of rain, both during the ripening and the harvest, and the mild temperatures of September, as well as facilitating the harvest operations, preserved the health of the grapes. Huge potential for this elegant and powerful Brunello. Deep red with garnet nuances, the nose reveals its complexity with aromas of plum, ripe cherry and small red fruits that perfectly combine with those of liquorice and tobacco. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with pleasant and soft tannins. Intense finish and great persistence. It goes particularly well with rich and tasty dishes. Perfect as a meditation wine.