May 10, 2023
As you know, we have lots of fabulous events showcasing some awesome wine, but I am particularly excited about this one!!
Cristina Sanna, Export Manager of La Magia in Montalcino, will be here in our Wine Bar to take you through a substantial tasting (one-third of a glass each) of 6 stunning La Magia wines, including no less than 4 Brunellos!
Date: Thursday 18 May 2023
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Food: Cheese and Salumi (but the focus will be the wine)
Brunello (along with Barolo – the two regions fight about which is the more famous) is the most famous Italian wine, with top-end Brunellos fetching well north of $1,000 per bottle. The La Magia wines are much more reasonable!
It is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, a clone of Sangiovese with much bigger berries (see photo) than the usual strain of Sangiovese grown in Tuscany and many other regions in Italy. This clone is grown only around the ancient village of Montalcino, 30km south of Siena, in the south-west of Tuscany.
As a result of the bigger berries, the wine has a much higher pulp-to-skin ratio when fermenting. All the tannin in wine comes from the skin, so this results in a less tannic, more elegant wine. And Brunello is elegance personified!
La Magia has been in the same family for over 40 years. They have 40 hectares of vines planted only to Sangiovese Grosso. To be labelled Brunello, a wine from Montalcino must come from vineyards at least 30 years old and spend at least 5 years in Slavonian oak barrels before being bottled.
Cristina will showcase these amazing La Magia wines:
Il Vispo Sangiovese IGT Toscana 2021 $38
Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2020 $62
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2017 $150
Brunello Il Ciliego DOCG 2017 $450
Brunello Riserva DOCG 2016 $275
Brunello Il Ciliego DOCG 2015 $500
So not only do we get to taste 4 Brunellos, but they are also a vertical tasting from the same producer. The two “entry level” wines, the Sangiovese, and the Rosso di Montalcino, are fantastic value! Exactly the same vines, just younger (yet to graduate to the 30 years of age requirement) and much less oak treatment.
It will be a wonderful night but spots for this Masterclass are strictly limited to 30 people. More than 20 spots have already gone (I just have to mention the word Brunello and I have a booking) and I wanted to give an exclusive list of customers this fantastic opportunity, so get in quick! Replying to this email is the quickest and best way.