Riecine La Gioia IGT Toscana Rosso 2017
- Textured, savoury
Riecine, located in Chianti Classico, was started by monks in the early 1100s and was under their care until the 20th century. The current owners took over the estate in 1971 and have become one of the most admired producers of the new style Chianti Classico.
La Gioia, Italian for ‘joy’, is 100% Sangiovese from the best grapes from the best vineyards with varying soil types. A big and powerful wine, aged 30 months, in new, second and third use French oak. It’s a real choc-mulberry-cherry delight right here, and wow - there’s such impressive savoury depth to this. It’s dark in colour and fruit, but with bright acidity and a finessed presence. There’s wonderful texture and balanced richness. A truely wonderful wine!
“A perfumed nose of crushed raspberries, wild blackberries, sweet spice and porcini. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins. Textured, with spicy character and bright acidity leading to a fruity finish. Drink or hold.”
Full price $200.00 from the producer.
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I first heard of this maker when I was working at Ngeringa, a little biodynamic place in the Adelaide Hills. Both winemaker Erinn and then-viticulturist (now successful vigneron in his own right) Tom Shobbrook had both completed harvest at Riecine, and reports were good. Founded by a Brit in the early '70s who bought a hectare and a half from a monastery, and under new ownership since 2011, it sounded like a bit of a gathering place for people in wine who really care about the impact they have on the earth. Now eight organic vineyards at around 500m altitude, the wines have gained a reputation for their purity of fruit and inherent character. Fermentation happens in concrete vats, and ageing happens in vessels that are chosen for their ability for oxygen exchange rather than to impart flavour (concrete again, or older oak). Pretty excited to see their wine here at the ‘fo. Get around it.
Ah...Tuscany. The home of rolling hills, extra virgin olive oil, Steak Florentine and, of course, Chianti. Everything here is about the earth, and it shows through in the produce. Earthy, vinous, purely rustic and unadulterated. Some of our most enjoyable experiences have come from here. They don't generally come cheap, but they're well worth it.