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Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva 2017 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Decanter Reviewed: No
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: ITTU1212B17S
Awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2021 article Regional Profile of Chianti Rúfina (see blue link below for the review).
Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva 2017 - November 2021 Decanter review
The Rufina zone is the smallest of all in Chianti (about 1,000 hectares of vineyard) but also one of the most special. The cool breeze that blows down the Sieve Valley gives the best wines a finesse and definition that few in Chianti Classico can match. And there is no better producer in Rufina than Selvapiana, which has been in the family of Francesco Giuntini since 1827. Federico Giuntini Masseti now runs the property, which is situated just north of the town of Pontassieve. The estate covers 245 hectares, 60 of which are planted under vine (95% being Sangiovese), 22 are olive groves, and the rest is covered by woods. For the most part, the vineyards face west, though Selvapiana's prized Bucerchiale vineyard is south west facing.
The Sangiovese grapes were grown in the 12.5 hectares Bucerchiale vineyard on the ancient Selvapiana estate.The oldest part of the vineyard was planted in 1968 and the youngest in 2001.The vineyard faces south/south-west and is situated at 150-200 metres above sea level.The soil is predominantly clay and limestone.The older vines are planted at a density of 2,500 per hectare, whereas the younger ones are planted at 5,200 vines per hectare.The vineyard is cultivated organically, with cover cropping.
Fermentation took place partly in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and partly in cement tanks, at 30°C and lasted 20-25 days.Pumping over took place daily to extract colour and tannins.After a short period of maceration, the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation took place.In January following the harvest, the wine was transferred to medium-sized oak casks and French oak barriques (of which 10% was new) and was matured for 15 months before bottling.
This wine shows tremendous depth of colour with great intensity on the nose. The palate is powerful and fruit packed with ripe raspberry and spicy cherry fruit, supported by a touch of herbs and violets, robust tannins and a long, fine finish which is the hallmark of the Selvapiana wines.