I Veroni Vin Santo del Chianti Rùfina 2011 (375ml)



The crowning glory of this small family estate, Malvasia, Canaiolo and Sangiovese grapes are left on the vine until late October before being carefully hand-harvested, sorted and dried for four months in the winery.

After slow, gentle pressing the wine is matured for 9 years in small (100 litre) oak and chestnut casks before bottling and settling for a further year in bottle.

Amber towards mahogany in colour, this is viscous and concentrated, syrupy tracks of caramel tears crawling like molten lava down the glass. The nose is intense and hedonistic, so thick and complex you’re in no rush to taste — dates, honey, citrus peel, walnut, toffee and maple aromas swirl and captivate. When you do get to taste, the palate is richly concentrated, just a small sip coating the mouth, a lusciously opulent explosion of sweetness and flavour evoking a carnal lust for this sugary elixir that goes on for minutes. Not wishing to oversell this, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • Rich, sticky, complex
  • 375ml
  • 17.0% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2040
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Producer: I Veroni

There's evidence of wine-growing at I Veroni going back to the middle ages, with a parts of a stone fermentation tank built in 1809 still visible in the cellars. Current ownership dates back to the start of the 20th century, Carlo Malesci purchasing the property, with it remaining in the family to this day.

The modest 20 hectares of vineyards are fully organic and were largely replanted in 1998, with Sangiovese making up 80% of vines; this is Chianti after all. Rùfina is the highest and most prestigious of the seven Chianti subzones, something owner Lorenzo Mariani was keen to honour and exploit when it came to reinvigorating the type and quality of wines the estate was producing during the early noughties. This is a proud, old estate with new energy and ideas.

Focusing on the authentic Sangiovese-Rùfina tradition, we work with three reds, one IGT and two Chianti Rùfina DOCG, and a luxurious, hedonistic Vin Santo.

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