The Maramai Chianti has been a massive hit in recent years, with
the previous vintages proving that you don't need to spend lots of
dollars to get a great bottle of Chianti.
Already this 2016 Maramai has landed 96 points from flamboyant Italian wine reviewer Luca Maroni too.
Little wonder - this 2016 Maramai is a superstar wine. Made from vineyards around the town of Poggibonsi, it's an authentic Chianti from the classic zone.
What that means is you get a classic expression of Sangiovese from its spiritual home, with bright, fruits of the forest juiciness and then true Italian savouriness.
95% Sangiovese with a mix of other red grapes making up the final 5% of the blend. Matured largely in vat rather than oak to preserve the fruit flavours.
Boyenberry blood red colour, the nose is a vibrant collage of fruit with a whisper of meatiness too, the palate driven by that same clear and open fruit with great tannins rounding things out and no intrusive oak.
San Marzano is a small village in the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region, a strip of land kissed by the two seas of the Salento: the Ionian and the Adriatic. In 1962 the DOC appellation did not yet exist. Even so, 19 winemakers came together to follow a dream and founded Cantine San Marzano. However, it wasn't until 1996 and the introduction of a new bottling plant that San Marzano wines could move from commodity to brand. With the growth of the brand and company, San Marzano set themselves a goal: 'To make a wine just like the one our fathers did and make it original and contemporary.' This was to be the Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOP, one of the iconic labels of the company, and one which embodies the essence of the San Marzano philosophy. Today the collective continues to flourish with the aquisition of new vineyards and opportunities to explore.