Rignana Chianti Classico DOCG Single Vineyard 'Gran Selezione' Organic 2015
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This is King of the Chiantis. Made with 100% sangiovese grapes from a single vineyard located in Panzano, planted in ancient soils within the famed Chianti Classico wine district, just south of Florence. The Rignana family combine thousands of years of traditional vinification methods with modern techniques to give this wine great depth and elegance.
These grapes are hand-picked in October, spend 21 days in stainless steel vats, and are then transferred to large barrels for 30 months. They only produce 5,300 bottles per year of this special and rare wine. This wine deserves respect! So, be prepared to decant and let the wine sit for several hours prior to drinking.
It is a very full bodied wine, not like your typical mid weight Chianti. When you pour this wine, from that first drop the intense red colour is like seeing a rainbow for the first time. You just cannot take your eyes off it. This is an outstanding example of Chianti and is a visceral tasting experience. Imagine the smells as you walk through an Italian grocery store: at the entrance there’s a bowl of preserved sour cherries. You walk under bunches of dried oregano, past a wall of dark, aromatic balsamic vinegar, then past a counter where dry salami is being sliced. At the bar, dark espresso is dripping into a cup. A whisper of sweet tobacco wafts in the door from the pipe of the old man outside. This Chianti smells and tastes like Italy.
The food matching we did with this was just spot on! Venison with a cranberry red wine sauce (click for recipe). Venison is not a commonly eaten meat in Australia but is very popular in Italy and the gaminess of this meat and the sweetness of the cranberry red wine sauce was out of this world. This wine already has some age to it, but you could cellar for another 20 years if you can keep your hands off it!
Popsy & JJ tasted and food matched August 2019
Try it with...
Veal pan fried with thyme and butter sauce
BBQ fillet of venison with cranberry and grenache jus
Wagyu beef with a creamy mushroom sauce