Nittardi “The Wine Show” Tuscan Tasting Case 75 cl (Case of 3), Tuscany, Italy

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 6

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

The Nittardi Tasting Case takes you on a journey through Chianti Classico with one of the region’s best producers. Casanuova di Nittardi “Vigna Doghessa” Chianti Classico is the vibrant modern face of Chianti Classico. The vineyards are perched high in the Tuscan hills and infuse the wine with violet freshness on top of a core of dense cherry fruit. Nittardi Reserva Selezionata Chianti Classico is a bigger, bolder, older brother. It’s only made in the greatest years, and its intense, complex fruit spends more time in large oak barrels and bottle to soften the wine’s muscular tannins. Finally, Per Aspera Ad Astra — “a rough road leads to the stars”. The phrase that inspired Ad Astra I.G.T. Toscana. Nittardi say the name reminds them that ‘greatness requires a great deal of loving work and care in the vineyards.’ This comes from the warm Maremma hills nearer the coast and is a generous, broad wine with a supple, voluptuous feel. It’s won the highest accolades from Italian wine critics too, and it’s ready to drink now.

Once, when walking around the vineyard at Nittardi, I asked if they had any particular challenges making wine here. ‘Ah yes’ Stefania replied, ‘the porcupines. They come to dig in the soil under the vines. But you mustn’t scare them. They rear up and walk backwards through the vineyard collecting hundreds of Euros of grapes on their spines’.