Riecine, Riecine di Riecine, Chianti, IGT, Tuscany, Italy, 2014
Riecine has always followed a particular path whoever has been in charge.
Founded by Englishman John Dunkley, and today run by the Frank family, the estate is committed to a natural approach. Certified organic and following biodynamic processes, the land is gently nurtured with plants, flowers and grasses encouraged to flourish. This is all to promote vineyard diversity and the health of the land. Closely monitored pickers select only the best, ripest and cleanest bunches from the vines; everything else remains in the fields to return to the earth. With low sulphur additions, natural yeasts and long fermentation, the wines are gently coaxed into the world. Adhering strictly to the belief in Sangiovese as the only variety that should be used, these incredible wines are honest examples of that over used phrase 'a true sense of place'.
Produced from grapes from the historical 1.5 ha Palmina vineyard which is ICEA certified as organic on the hillside of Riecine in Gaiole in Chianti. Soils are limestone and clay and vines average 50 years old. Pruned Double Guyot and Alberello.
Harvested by hand, and sorted on a vibrating sorting table, destemmed, then maceration in nomblot concrete tank, with indigeneous yeast, crushing down & pumping overs. Aged for 24 months in cement Nomblot eggs then aged for 6 months in bottle.
No oak ageing
A ruby red robe, medium bodied wine which is rich with deep red fruits flavours supported by a fine minerality. Elegant tannic structure and long fresh finish.
Stew and rich game dishes. Tagine, winter soup and T bone steak!
James Suckling 90 Points
Herbs, cranberries and spices. Light to medium body, medium tannins and a slightly short finish. Still bright and pleasant. 90 Points, JS, September 2018.
6 x 75cl