Tasted and rated: the top wines from the Tuscan Masters 2019

Avignonesi, Grandi Annate, 2015

Made only in exceptional years, this flagship wine from Montepulciano’s Avignonesi winery is a wonderful find. Made from solely Sangiovese, which is sourced from the producer’s best vineyards, including a plot of 40 year-old plants at over 300 metres above sea level, this is a fine and fresh expression by IGT Toscana standards, and a style that would appeal to lovers of classic Italian reds.

With notes of Morello cherry, plums and orange peel, this has the hallmark flavours of great Sangiovese, along with this grape’s high, fine cleansing tannins, while, with 18 months spent maturing in large oak casks and barriques before bottling, the wine also has a complexing and appealing touch of sweet balsamic vinegar.

Costing around £90, it may not be cheap, but it is distinctive, and delicious.

The wine: Avignonesi, Grandi Annate, 2015

The source: Toscana, IGT, Italy

The grape(s): 100% Sangiovese

The style: A semi-mature medium-weight complex red with high tannin levels and notes of cherry and balsamic.

The price: Around £90

The medal: Master – The Tuscan Masters, 2019

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