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2014 Fortissimo

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Winemaker's Notes

Fortissimo is our way of paying respect to the pioneers of Tuscany who challenged the traditions of winemaking in the 50s and 60s to gain recognition for their wines. The 2013 vintage of Fortissimo had the highest percentage of Sangiovese to date, but then 2014 came along: 21% Sangiovese in the final blend. In 2014, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon both reached high 14% and low 15% alc at their optimum ripeness, combined with less than ideal PH. Our Sangiovese with its high 12% low 13% alc at harvest, combined with its naturally high acidity and those sought after gritty tannins, came to the rescue. 2014 Fortissimo is as outstanding as we thought it would be; all the components are married seamlessly together. The large format puncheons and Hungarian and Slavonian oak are evident in the subtle way the oak is present. Overall the wine has fantastic layers of flavour and nuances. Bing cherry mingles with red and black cherry fruit. Herbal underbrush notes meet tobacco notes and damp earth. One built for early to mid-term drinking, as well as cellaring with a medium+ aging curve ahead.

Pairings

Veal Osso Bucco or Tuscan Roast Lamb with a rosemary crust.

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