Brancaia Maremma Toscana (750ml)
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Purchased in 1981 by Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer, the original estate sitting atop the Brancaia hill, it was initially a place for their family to visit on holiday. The 20 ha site sported a house in desperate need of renovations and 4 ha of vineyards; a well-protected plot surrounding by deep woods, free from any neighbouring vineyards that have been sprayed with chemicals.
After their Chianti Classico (1983) won a blind tasting in 1986, it wasn’t soon after that the Widmer’s bought 53 ha more, located in Radda. During that time, their famous Il Blu was produced- a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. This blend didn’t meet the requirements and/or guidelines to be classified as Chianti Classico and the Widmer family found themselves part of the Super Tuscan movement, a label eventually granted by the Italian government in 1992 known as: Toscana IGT.
This dense and vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon shows a lot of currant and blackberry character with freshness and purity. Ideal with salami, sharp cheeses and almost all red meats – braised, fried or grilled.
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, exclusively from their Maremma estate; Brancaia considers this a true representation of the newer appellation Maremma Toscana DOC. Harvested in mid-late September, fermentation occurs at 28 degrees C with skin contact up to 18 days. The wine is aged in use tonneaux for 12 months and for another few months in bottle before release.