2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Pieve Santa Restituta, Tuscany, Italy
From a fabulous vintage this stunning Brunello is a blend in part of two top vineyards, Sugarille and Rennina.
A multitude of beautiful and intense aromas, including black cherries, raspberries, strawberry, liquorice, and leather notes with a hint of white pepper. The palate is elegant and smooth with great structure and a wonderful purity of fruit.
After 24 months of ageing in oak, the wines are blended and then aged for another six months in concrete vats.
In the 1990s Gaja decided to look to develop a new project in the Montalcino area and in 1994 purchased the Pieve Santa Restituta winery and the 27ha of vineyards. The name of the estate comes from the 4th Century church located on the property. Since taking over the property Gaja have redeveloped the vineyards to sit in-line with their philosophy around allowing the vineyards to be as natural as possible with the absence of chemicals and pesticides and promoting soil health through composting. They also undertook a winery renovation project which was re-designed to have minimal impact on its surroundings and is largely underground and state of the art inside to allow for optimal winemaking.