2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Máté, Tuscany, Italy

2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Máté, Tuscany, Italy

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2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Máté, Tuscany, Italy

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Description

Ruby garnet in the glass, pretty nose, initially tight but with air opens wonderfully. Broad and immediate red & dark fruits, lovely heady mix of ripe black cherries, dried apricot, fresh red fleshed peaches and sour cranberry. Palate is compact in youth, red & black fruits, woven with floral scents, rosemary, bay & charred meats retaining glossy richness and bright acid. 36 months in French tonneau & botti yield silky sweet tannins framing this edgy, iron-rich palate. The finish is firm, peppery & mineral, showcasing the calibre of the Santa Restituta terroir.

Drink 2024-2040

Davy Zyw, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (July 2021)

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James Suckling94/100
Ash, cherry and violet aromas follow through to a medium to full body, with a tight palate of firm, silky tannins. Chewy at the finish. Try after 2023.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Nov 2020) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
Healthy mid ruby. Rich cherry nose with hints of gingerbread but much more complex than this sounds. Concentrated marasca cherry with energetic acidity and persistent powdery tannins. Has lots of everything. Energetic, electric and fruit-driven finish with an elegant palate weight. Tactile fireworks.

Drink 2024 - 2038

Walter Speller, jancisrobinson.com (Mar 2021) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck91/100
The 2016 Brunello has rich notes of mulled spice, clove, and fresh red plum on the nose. The palate is tangy and savory, with sour cherry compote, medicinal herbs, quinine, and orange zest on the finish. Fine tannins build with a slightly astringent acidity, though the wine was more approachable after a day of being open. The 2016 was aged for three years in French oak of various sizes. Hold for a couple years and enjoy 2024-2035.

Drink 2024 - 2035

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Apr 2021) Read more
Vinous92/100
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino displays rosy florals and bright strawberry complemented by sweet autumnal spice. There are depths of silky textures giving way to polished red/black fruits, with an attractive inner sweetness contrasted by saline-minerals and peppery herbs. Its tannins are round, creating a subtly structured feel through the licorice-tinged finale. With just a few years of cellaring, the 2016 Máté should be drinking beautifully.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Eric Guido, vinous.com (Nov 2020) Read more

About this WINE

 Máté Winery

Máté Winery

The family-owned and organically farmed Máté estate is in the south-west of Montalcino, in the commune of Santa Restituta. This highly desirable area is well known for producing terroir-driven wines of distinct expression. Their next-door neighbours are none other than Angelo Gaja and Gianfranco Soldera – two titans of the industry, whose wines typically command prices that soar into the hundreds of pounds per bottle.

Situated at 320-420 metres’ altitude, the 6.5 hectares of vines here are surrounded by forest, Etruscan ruins and scrubland thick with wildflowers and herbs. The soil is composed of marl, tuffo limestone and calcareous sandstone filled with marine fossils. This gives unique character and mineral poise to the wines. The calibre of the terroir is only matched by the expertise behind the wines: working with owners Candace and Ferenc Máté is chief winemaker Carlo Ferrini – a man responsible for many of Italy’s most iconic bottles, including many of Montalcino’s 100-point wines. The vineyards were planted by Gaja’s legendary agronomist Fabrizio Moltard.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino

Along with Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany's most famous DOCG and the region's boldest expression of Sangiovese. Located 30 miles south of Siena with the hilltop town of Montalcino as its epicentre, its 2,000 hectares of vines are naturally delimited by the Orcia, Asso and Ombrone valleys. Brunello is the local name for the Sangiovese Grosso clone from which Brunello di Montalcino should be made in purezza (ie 100 percent).

The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG has a whale-like shape: at its head, at 661 metres above sea level on ancient, stony galestro soils facing east and southeast lies the town of Montalcino, where the DOC was founded. As you follow the spine south towards the tail, the vineyards lose altitude – those around Colle Sant'Angelo are at 250 metres – while the soils become richer with iron and clay. Further east, in the shadow of the 1,734 metre Mont'Amiata lies the village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate where the vineyards are strewn with a rich mix of galestro, granitic, volcanic, clay and schist soil types.

While Brunello di Montalcino's climate is mildly Mediterranean, thanks to the sea being a mere 20 miles away, the elevation of the vineyards provides an important diurnal temperature variation (ie hot days and cool nights). This benefits the grapes by maintaining acidity levels and extending their ripening time. The howling tramontana wind can also play an important role in drying and concentrating the fruit.

Historically, the zone is one of Tuscany's youngest. First praised in 1550 by Leandro Alberti for the quality of its wines, it was Tenuta Il Greppo who bottled the inaugural Brunello di Montalcino in 1888. By 1929, the region had 925 hectares of vines and 1,243 hectares of mixed crops, while in 1932 it was decreed that only those wines made and bottled within the commune could be labelled as Brunello di Montalcino. Since then, the number of producers has risen from 11 in 1960 to 230 in 2006, while over the same period the vineyards have expanded from 1,000 hectares to 12,000. The region earned its DOC in 1966, and was upgraded to DOCG in 1980.

Brunello di Montalcino cannot be released for sale until five years after the harvest, or six years in the case of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. During this time the wines should be aged for at least two years in oak, followed by at least four months in bottle (six months for Riservas); maximum yields are 55 hl/ha. 

Rosso di Montalcino is declassified Brunello di Montalcino, released for sale 18 months after the harvest.

Recommended producers: Costanti, Fuligni, Lisini, San Giuseppe, Soldera, Cerbaiona

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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