Born a renegade... Tignanello

Posted by Joelle Thomson on

Tignanello has landed and we have two bottles, a precious allocation of a wine that supported the spear head in quality change in Italy, Tuscany and Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori.

Buy Tignanello in store only

2017 Antinori Tignanello (RRP $202.99) Special $184.99

Only two bottles available – one per customer. Sales in store only.

Antinori Tignanello or Tig, as it’s often affectionately named, was once regarded as a renegade wine and is still seen as the trend setter for the Super Tuscan category. The definition of a Super Tuscan wine is a wine made in Tuscany made from grapes that are not traditionally from this region. This can be 100 per cent of the grapes or a small portion. There is no stipulation on how many, just that some or all of the grapes in the wine are non traditional.

Tignanello remains closely Tuscan in theme and in taste with a little less than 20 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. 

It was first made in 1975. Originally seen as a defiant rebel red, it has stuck closely to the classic Italian formula, using mostly native grapes, in this case just one; Sangiovese, with a little bit of the foreign Cabernet in for structure and body. Tig’ was born in and continues to be made from the Santa Cristina vineyard, a beautiful 127 hectares in the Chianti Classico zone, 350 to 450 metres above sea level.

The wine is aged for at least 16 months in barrels, which typically tend to be a blend of mostly French with a little Hungarian oak also used.  

Tignanello is a great wine with a long life ahead.

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