Brancaia Ilatraia (750ml)
You’ll find Brancaia in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico area, encompassing three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma (Grosseto). Brancais has been owned and operated by Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. The estate came to instant fame with its outstanding 1983 Chianti Classico. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality, Brancaia’s wines continue to stand out and command the attention and praise of Tuscan wine lovers and international wine critics. In addition to their powerful Chianti Classico, they produce a range of Supertuscans that have garnered cult status.
This is Brancaia’s Bordeaux blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for 18 months in French barriques – half of them new and then matures for a few months in bottle before release. Pronounced dark fruit, spice and dried leaves on the nose. A full, fruit filled palate, floral and spice. Lots of tannic structure, flavour complexity and a long flavourful finish.
The 2014 Ilatraia is a terrific wine that represents a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a darkly saturated and rich Tuscan blend that delivers so much pleasure on all levels. There is softness, intensity, complexity and length. This is a stunning wine with excellent engineering and execution. This is definitely a wine I will remember. – Monica Larner