Monteraponi Vino Rosso di Monteraponi VIRegular price £18
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. This entry-level Rosso offers amazing value. It is a field blend dominated by Sangiovese but which also includes Canaiolo, Colorino, Merlot, Trebbiano and Malvasia. Fermented and aged in cement vats, it is bottled unfiltered and is a wine of remarkable savoury complexity for the price.