Monteraponi 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico (half-bottle)Regular price £55
On the hill overlooking the medieval hamlet of Monteraponi is the farmhouse and winery of the same name. It is centuries old, but it was only in 2003 that the current owner, Michele Braganti, decided to stop selling his Chianti Classico fruit off to other growers and start bottling his own wine. In the relatively short time since, Monteraponi has established itself as one of the finest producers in the entire Chianti region. At around 570m altitidue, the vineyards are among the highest in Chianti Classico, and the winemaking is traditional and low-tech. For the Vin Santo, the best Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes from the Baron’Ugo and Campitello vineyards are selected and dried naturally. In January, they are pressed in chestnut barrels which are then sealed with lime and left for a minimum of four years. The wine is then moved to oak barrels for a further four years of ageing. The result is an amazingly delicious, hugely complex sweet wine.
Deep apricot gold. Nutty and burnished. Reduced caramelised apricots. Glorious intensity. So sweet but so fresh. Apricots and bitter orange reduced down to their most intense essentials. Utterly delicious. Long and coppery gold on the finish. Burnished glory.
18.5 pointsJulia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 11/07/2017
|Main grapes||Malvasia, Trebbiano|