Brancaia, Ilatraia Maremma 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Tuscany

  • ABV:

    14.00%

  • Grape:

    Bordeaux Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Petit Verdot 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%

  • Winemaker:

    Barbara Widmer

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Lovely concentrated purple in the glass, with a complex, forward nose of cassis, red berries, toasty wood and spices. Full bodied and generous, filling the mouth with crunchy forest fruit, blackberry and liquorice flavours, well integrated, silky tannins and a stylish structure that lasts well into the firm but fruity finish. A seriously well crafted wine, doing the Brancaia name immense justice.

Production Notes

The grapes are ripened on hillside locations with South and Southwest facings between 250 and 575ft above sea level. Fermented at 28 degrees C with up to 25 days of skin contact. Maturation, including malolactic, is performed in 1/2 new and 1/2 used oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is refined for 12 further months in bottle before bottling with only a very light filtration.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 93pts (2014) - The 2014 Ilatraia is a terrific wine that represents a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a darkly saturated and rich Tuscan blend that delivers so much pleasure on all levels. There is softness, intensity, complexity and length. This is a stunning wine with excellent engineering and execution. This is definitely a wine I will remember.

Producer Profile

You will find Brancaia in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, encompassing three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma (Grosseto). Brancaia has been owned and operated by Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. The estate came to instant fame with its outstanding 1983 Chianti Classico. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality, the wines of Brancaia continue to stand out and command the attention and praise of Tuscan wine lovers and international wine critics. In addition to their powerful Chianti Classico, they produce a range of Supertuscans that have garnered cult status. Brancaia are constantly searching for ways to improve their work in the vineyard and the cellar, taking respect for nature as their foundation. They see work in the vineyard as a flow of energy that must be respected to the highest degree. To put this into practice every year in the best possible way, they invest about 450 man hours per hectare with an average yield of 5,500 kg per hectare; quality matters more than quantity.Brancaia work according to the Guidelines for Integrated Production (IP), which permits sustainable conservation of vineyards and also reduces CO2 emissions from vehicles to a minimum. They use only premium packaging materials to ensure optimal storage until it is time to drink and enjoy the wine and avoid "heavy" bottles to minimize the CO2 burden on transport routes