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Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2019 £13.95
SELVAPIANA CHIANTI RUFINA
The grapes are grown in the ancient Selvapiana estate which covers 56 hectares. For the most part, the vineyards face west/north west and are situated at an altitude of 150-200 metres above sea level. The soil is mostly clay and limestone. The older vines planted in the late 1970s, are planted at a density of 3,200 per hectare and 5,200 per hectare for the younger vines planted at the beginning of the 2000s. The average yield is 35-40 hectolitres per hectare.
Earlier ripening, lower lying Tuscan vineyards suffered from the wet spring and summer in 2014. At the beginning of September, there was widespread pessimism among growers. Fortunately, an Indian summer led to one nice week after another. The resulting wines have lovely aromatics and excellent colour and acid.
Bright ruby red in colour, with perfumes of ripe blackberry fruit, red cherry and touch of spice. On the palate it is ripe and juicy but still fine and elegant in the Selvapiana style, with a tight structure and lifted, floral finish with refreshing acidity.