Az. Agr. Roccapesta
Alberto Tanzini worked in finance in London for several years before heading back to his native Italy to become a vigneron. He bought what is now the Roccapesta estate in 2003 and ploughed a lot of time and money into both the vineyards and the winemaking facilities. From day one he was anxious to focus on Sangiovese and 90% of the vineyards are planted with eight different clones of this variety. There is also a little Alicante and Pugnitello planted. Maremma lies in the southern part of Tuscany and consequently is a little warmer than the more established regions of this beautiful part of Italy. Alberto therefore has to work hard to maintain the balance and freshness of his Sangiovese whilst enjoying its heady expressionism. These are wines full of character and personality and a sense of place. Each year they seem to become more complex and refined and yet pricing remains incredibly fair. Giuseppe Gorelli, who used to make the wines at Le Potazzine, is now consulting here helping to take them to the next level.
Winemaker: Alberto Tanzini
Hectares: 21.5 hectares
This has recently been voted as one of the Best 50 Italian wines and it’s not hard to see why. Vinified in large wooden vats and aged for 24 months in botti, this has power, weight and elegance. The nose is complex with red berries and star anise opening up into figs, bay leaves and underbrush. The power comes through on the palate but it maintains a sense of poise. This will age for decades - a super Tuscan without the hefty price tag.
This comes from Roccapesta`s vineyards, close to the coast which are exposed to gentle Tyrrhenian sea breezes. Because of the cooler climate we get plenty of red cherry and berry fruit as well as some earthy, meaty Sangiovese flavours.
2015 was a great vintage for Alberto and which is evident when you taste this wine. Black cherry and blackberry fruit the attack, with cinnamon, bitter orange and balsamic notes. Despite the warm feel, there is freshness and tannins are fine and round. There is tremendous energy and vibrancy to this wine, with a long and complex finish. Impressive balance.