Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Concerto di Fonterutoli TOSCANA ITALY
$108 inc. GST
A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Second vintage on the Place for this excellent wine. Winemaker Gionata Puglignani; owners Mazzei family. Clever construction, with fine tannins and a savoury quality to the fruit that makes it so drinkable. Intensely fragrant, wild strawberries, madarin peel, dried roses, smoked earth and underbrush. You could go for this now, but it will also improve with further ageing. Has an unhurried seduction about it, with an inching-forward slate texture that hugs the palate and pulls you along with it. So good. Ageing 18 months in small French oak barrels for the Cabernet Sauvignon, larger sized for the Sangiovese, 70% new, plus three months in concrete tanks before release. 95 Jane Anson
The Mazzei 2020 Concerto di Fonterutoli is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from a cool vineyard site located at 350 meters in elevation. It is surrounded by thick forests on three sides. The role of the forest especially in the hills of Chianti is becoming ever more appreciated as we face hot summers and climate change. This wine remains focused and tight with wild berry, blackcurrant, grilled herb, spice and dark mineral tones. To the palate, there is plenty of sweet fruit followed by nicely integrated, dry tannins. 94 Monica Larner, Wine Advocate.
A deep, serious, brooding nose, full of dried herbs and scrubland notes with pepper spice and blackcurrants - a savoury expression. High acidity fills the mouth giving succulent and juicy red and black fruit flavours, bright, vibrant and lively. Quite direct right now, all in a straight line, driving from start to finish. This has some nuance from the spiced edges but it's so immediately generous and expansive. Lots of power here, there is concentration and structure, clear depth with a rich appeal. Will be excellent in time. Ageing 18 months in small French oak barrels - tonneaux (Sangiovese), barriques (Cabernet Sauvignon) and three months in concrete tanks.
94 Georgina Hindle, Decanter Magazine.