In the late 1990s, in the Tuscan hills south of Florence, the famed contemporary musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler began the restoration of a sixteenth-century villa and its gardens, olive groves and vineyards. Careful nurturing of the vines over the last ten years with the help of viticulturist Alan York, who is recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent biodynamic viticulturists, has yielded extraordinary grapes and the decision to release two wines. Paolo Caciogrna is the winemaker.
This wine is named after a property on the estate and when translated it means “little house by the roads”. Colloquially, this can also mean “the muddling of the ways” suggesting philosophical musings on the paths we all take in life. It is a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and Cabernet Franc
This is savoury and delectable; the lifted bouquet shows mature fruit, toasted almond, cured meat and floral characters with hints of dried rosemary and clove notes. It is flavoursome on the palate with earthy, spicy, savoury flavours, combined with sweet berry undertones. Tannins are super fine and drying, and provide superb structure and length to this engaging wine. At its best: Now to 2019; AU$50.00; Rating: 94 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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