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Geoff Hardy's family have been making Australian wine since 1857. Geoff grew up amongst the most distinguished vineyards in our land and he knows from good red wine. He retains access to the finest fruit in McLaren Vale and is the man behind many of our nation's most memorable vintages. Undercover is a moniker that Geoff has assigned to a collation of exceptional parcels, albeit bottled behind an abstruse label to secrete the provenance of a spectacular Shiraz. Gold Medal Winner & Best Value at the hotly contested 2016 China Wine & Spirit Awards, the pick of crop this week, seriously.. Sound shiraz for the savvy & shrewd»

Marchesi Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sangiovese Malvasia Colorino Merlot Chianti Italy
After six centuries of viticulture, the Mazzei family remains committed to Tuscan viticulture and fine Chianti. The personality and clonal composition of their Sangiovese has evolved and been perfected over generations through an ongoing discipline of research and innovation. Parcels of fruit grown to the Fonterutoli and Belvedere vineyards each contribute unique characteristics to the finished Chianti Classico. Mostly Sangiovese with the inclusions of Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot, assembled into an elegant, fruit filled wine supported by malleable, drying tannins.
The Fonterutoli estate covers a total area of 470 hectares, sixty nine of which are planted to vines, divided into four separate production zones with a south to southwest exposure, at altitudes ranging from 230-500 metres above sea level, Fonterutoli and Siepi, Badiola and Belvedere. The excellent exposures, exceptional soils and auspicious microclime, assure production of complex, elegant and imposing wines. Fruit is harvested from five special sites, planted to altitudes of 220 metres to 550 metres. Following a warm vinification in cone shaped fermenters, the wine completes malolactic and is treated to twelve months maturation in a high selection of new French oak barriques and puncheons.
Deep ruby red colour. An aromatic bouquet of red fruits, cherries, plums and spice. The palate is generous and powerful with a fine yet firm tannic structure. Fonterutoli is remarkable for its complexity, elegance and personality, displaying a synergy between Sangiovese and the terroir of Chianti Classico. Year in and year out one of the most satisfying and consistent examples of the style, harmoniously balanced, fashioned to contemporary tastes.
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