Tenuta San Leonardo, Terre 750ml 2015

Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige
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Tenuta San Leonardo is a winery that flies somewhat under the radar, producing a prodigious Bordeaux style blend in the Dolomite mountains of Trentino. The long-aging flagship contains a large component of Carmenere which also delivers a unique savouriness. The style is typically Italian with a firm acidity and medium body, altogether with generous pure fruit and a mineral texture.

The wines are more akin to Bordeaux than Bolgheri with their balance and purity. San Leonardo’s owner Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, a rare example of a professionally-trained aristocrat-oenologist in the era, spent time at Tenuta San Guido back in the 1960s and subsequently employed the same legendary consultant, Giacomo Tachis, as Sassicaia for a time.

Located midway between Verona and Trento, with the Dolomites serving as an imposing backdrop, this lovingly-tended 300 hectares include manicured lawns, parkland, a stunning villa, museum, the original Roman road to Austria and a cellar to rival any Bordeaux chateau. ‘Claret incarnate ‘ writes Jancis, San Leonardo could easily pass as Cru Classé with the ability to ages 2 or 3 decades.

The Terre is ‘a fabulous wine for the money’ writes Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com. A delicious baby version of the San Leonardo that will drink earlier but offers similar styling with a touch more fruit.

Tasting notes:
'Brilliant ruby red, with attractive depth and decent length. The aromas are alcohol and fruit-rich when the wine is young, later mellowing with bottle age into ripe plum fruit layered over a faintly grassy background note. Dry, soft and well-balanced on the palate, it reveals a pleasing bitterish twist in the finish. Good aromatic length.' – Winemaker

Grapes are destemmed and soft-crushed, with minimal use of sulphur dioxide. The juice ferments and macerates on the skins for a long period of time, during which the cap is punched down daily. The must is coldclarified by allowing the lees to settle.

More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country Italy
Price R285.00
Producer Tenuta San Leonardo
Region Trentino-Alto Adige
Variety Bordeaux Blend
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