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Tignanello 2018 and its little boet

The category of Super Tuscan is a true phenomenon of the fine wine world. Created by Antinori in 1971, Tignanello lead the way in the rise of red wines from Tuscany that included non-indigenous grapes. The term Super Tuscan was later coined during the 1980s. Produced at Tenuta Tignanello within Chianti Classico, the wine has become nothing short of legendary. Joining it today as part of a mixed case is its little brother, the Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva. Both from the 2018 vintage.

Dear Reader,

Tenuta Tignanello is idyllically situated amidst the poised hillsides between the Greve and Pesa river valleys. It is here where two of modern Italy’s most coveted vineyards can be found: Tignanello and Solaia. Grape varietals grown here include the indigenous Sangiovese and the non-traditional Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Production of the Tignanello IGT Toscana is around a whopping 300,000 bottles each year and the level of quality that the estate consistently achieves is quite extraordinary.

”Tignanello, in my view, is the single greatest high quality, estate wine made in scale.”
Antonio Galloni for Vinous | February 2021

Tignanello remains available on an allocation basis only, but, as was the case last year with the 2017 vintage, we were lucky enough to receive some additional wine which allows us to make a bottle available as part of a mixed case.

The 2018 Tignanello has hit the international market in a big way. It’s always worth taking note of what a wine like this is being sold for in the open market. Currently, in the UK, this same wine is available for an average of R 2,755 per bottle (incl. VAT).

The 2018 vintage is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Each component of the wine was matured for 14-16 months in a combination of new and second-fill French and Hungarian oak barrels. The final blend is made up following this and the wine spends a further 12 months in bottle prior to being released to market.

Alongside the estate’s flagship duo in Tignanello and Solaia (please email us HERE if you wish to be added to the allocation list), the Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is also produced exclusively from estate-grown fruit – from the Tignanello vineyard to be precise. It has been produced since the 2011 vintage and continues to be mostly Sangiovese with a very small percentage of other grapes added to the final blend.

Tenuta Tignanello 6-bottle case
R 4,570

*Price is per 6-bottle mixed case and incl. VAT
Only 36 mixed cases available

Tenuta Tignanello | Tignanello IGT Toscana | 2018 | 1 x bottle

“The 2018 Tignanello is every bit as impressive as it was when I last tasted it earlier in the year. Blood orange, spice, black cherry and mocha lend an alluring exotic character to a Tignanello that sizzles with tension and energy. Silky, creamy contours play off classically mid-weight structure. Beguiling and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2018 is a total knock-out.’’
97 points | Antonio Galloni for Vinous

Tenuta Tignanello | Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva | 2018 | 5 x bottles

“The 2018…offers a beguiling mix of Sangiovese energy and Cabernet Sauvignon savoriness. Translucent and energetic, the 2018 has much to offer…the Marchese is designed to be a sort of mini-Tignanello and it leans towards the more savory end of the spectrum because of the presence of Cabernet Sauvignon.”
93 points | Antonio Galloni for Vinous

Also from Antinori, but from their other estate, Badia a Passignano, we received a small amount of the Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Gran Selezione 2018.

Badia a Passignano is located above the town of Sambuca Val di Pesa, just 3 kilometers south of the Tenuta Tignanello estate. The wine is 100% Sangiovese, produced from the best selection of fruit across the 65 hectares.

Each parcel is vinified separately and then racked off into Hungarian oak barrels with a small percentage going into French oak barrels. Over the following months, each barrel is tasted in order to get closer to determining the final blend. Once bottled, the wine is aged in the historic cellars under the Badia (abbey) of Passignano that dates back to the 10th century.

Badia a Passignano 2018
R 695 per bottle

Limited availability

“The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is creamy and sensual from start to finish. In 2018, the Badia shows its typically dark profile but with less heaviness than has been present in some previous vintages. Silky and supple, the 2018 has a ton to offer.”
93 points | Antonio Galloni for Vinous