Fleshy blackberry, macerated plum and spice nose with notes of cocoa powder. Palate is fleshy, plenty of blackberry and plum, notes of fresh liquorice, dark chocolate, generous, nice structure and length. Drinking range: 2016 - 2023 L&S (Apr 2016)
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This shows tension and structure with blackcurrant, dried-mushroom and hints of coffee-bean aromas. Full body with chewy tannins but polished and succulent. Needs a year or two to soften but illustrates excellent potential: Try in 2016. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2015)
Fattoria di Magliano
Nestled in the hilly Italian countryside of Maremma Toscana with its vineyards descending towards the Thyrrhenian Sea from a height of 300m, The vineyards here offer some of the best views we know of the Tuscan coastline.
La Fattoria di Magliano was set up in 1996 by Agostino Lenci. Agostino, fascinated by the history of the region and its centuries old wine-making traditions, sees his job and duty to safeguard nature – both wild and agricultural. Minimum intervention and limited development makes for wonderfully healthy vines and truly characterful wines.
Twenty years on these beautiful vineyards are maturing and producing the best fruit of their lives, vine age and bio-dynamic practices means these wines now really are better than ever since the first harvest in 2003. And we should not forget that even when young these vineyards were producing wonderful fruit - the 2004 Poggio Bestiale was rated Italy's best Tuscan wine under £20 in Decanter magazine – quite an achievement for a wine with such a short history. The soil here is sandy with a good amount of clay, which combined with a good dose of sunshine and sea breeze, results in some really beautiful wines – full-flavoured, rippley rich but with a dynamic twang of acidity and pep that makes them just so drinkable.
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