Greetings from Devon. We're back from a bit of a break in newsletter terms, and while our Totnes shop is currently closed, online is still very much in full swing. We're busy restocking with interesting new wines post-Christmas, and deliveries are going out across the country. And speaking of interesting new wines, today's feature is something very special for those who love the savoury complexity of world-class Sangiovese.
Il Paradiso di Manfredi make some of the best Brunello di Montalcino there is. They are a small, family-owned winery working in a decidedly low-tech way and farming a scant 2.5 hectares of Sangiovese wines organically and biodynamically. Fermentation is in concrete tanks and production is tiny - around 9,000 bottles a year in total split between Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. The Brunello and the Rosso are the same wine, the only difference (besides the price) being additional ageing time for the Brunello.
The current release of the Brunello is 2013 and will set you back the not inconsiderable sum of £110 a bottle. We're taking orders for this on request and it is a great wine, but it does make the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino at £49 look like a relative bargain. Although it lacks the extra ageing of the Brunello, it more than makes up for that with a vibrant freshness. It has a beautiful aroma of wild strawberries, with lovely weight and balance. It is a truly complete wine, for drinking now with food, or to cellar.
Our allocation is just 24 bottles of this wine. If you are interested in tasting the best wines in Tuscany, make sure it is on your list.