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San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2020

Red Blend from Tuscany, Italy, Gaiole UGA, Chianti Classico


$65ea in any 3+
$62ea in any 6+
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Finally got my laughing gear around this. There's stuff going on here. It plays a balance between beauty and the beast.


Finally got my laughing gear around this. So, now I get what all the fuss is about. First wine I tried from these guys was their Rosato, it’s a might tasty beverage. It has the same seamless complexity, spice, chocolate, earth, joy, that makes their Rosato the insanely delicious wine it is. There’s stuff going on here. It plays a balance between beauty and the beast. A dark, near inkiness, tamed with the zip of Sangiovese and a careful élévage. It hold it’s alcohol, just. Time in the glass sees it blossom and harmonise. Give it a few years and it’ll layer up, and, show it’s full potential.

Splash it in decanter, grab a Bistecca Fiorentina & enjoy!

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo grapes, hand-picked when perfectly mature. It is fermented in glazed concrete and stainless steel vats for about 14 days. During fermentation the skins and must are pumped-over and punched-down a number of times to extract the maximum qualities from the grapes. After the wine has been racked , the skins are soft-pressed in a horizontal press and the juice thus obtained is added to the wine. Malolactic fermentation is stimulated by heating the building where the vats are stored. The wine is racked several time during maturation in cask and 500 liters oak tonneaux for 10-12 months.

About San Giusto a Rentennano

San Giusto a Rentennano, originally a monastery fortified in 1204 by the Florentines as their boundary with Siena, today uses the underground vaults built as part of the fortification as their cellars. For centuries it was owned by the Ricasoli family of neighbouring Brolio, passing to the Martini di Cigala family in 1957. This beautiful 160 hectare estate, with 30 of vineyards, is run by brothers and sister team of Francesco, Luca and Elisabetta. The vineyards enjoy exceptional exposure with considerable day and night temperature differences and the terrain is composed of various soils rich in minerals.

San Giusto’s wines are renowned for their elegance, balancing rich fruit and beautiful aromatics with superb freshness. Chianti Classico shows great purity with bright red fruits and floral notes. Le Baroncole, a Riserva selection aged for 16-20 months in barrique, has dark cherry fruit, flowers, spice and liquorice. Percarlo, the estate’s flagship wine first made in 1983, is a selection of Sangiovese from across six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto. Multi-layered with rich dark fruit supported by firm tannins and beautifully integrated oak, Percarlo is a powerful wine that cellars well for up to 20 years in the finest vintages. La Ricolma, one of world’s great Merlots, is typically silky with rich plummy fruit and a distinct stamp of ‘Tuscanness’.

Finally, Vin San Giusto is one of Tuscany’s finest Vin Santos. Made mostly from Malvasia with 10% Trebbiano, the grapes are dried on racks for approximately 140 days before being pressed into six small chestnut barrels for six years. Concentrated and complex with fig, toffee, salted caramel, prunes and spice, the palate goes on and on. This is one of Italy’s must try before you die wines, unfortunately our allocation is just 24 bottles.

In the Vineyard

The estate is comprised of 160 hectares, situated at an average altitude of 270 meters above sea level. 31 hectares are planted in vineyards, 11 in olive groves, 40 in woods, 78 in cultivated and grazing lands. The terrain is composed of various soils rich in different mineral components, sand, clay, lime, alkali, argil and calcium. The microclimate is characterized by considerable day and night temperature differences and often heat during harvest time. All the vineyards enjoy exceptionally favourable exposure. During the months of July and August, we thin-out the natural growth of grape bunches by 30-50%, a practice called “green harvesting ,” which encourages the full and perfect maturation of our grapes.

Our farming methods remain largely manual and exclusively organic certified.

In the Winery

That first bit of kit in the pic’s below is a seriously expensive destemmer. Having one is sign that a winery is intent on working gently with the fruit and is prepared to spend coin to build divine mouthfeel and tannin profiles. You can see one in operation in this Wine Bites Mag article “Winemaking Excellence – Fruit Sorting & Destemming at Yabby Lake with Tom Carson”.

Chianti Classico red wine D.O.C.G.

Grapes: Sangiovese 95% – Canaiolo 5%

Harvest: from 20th to 26th September 2018 and from 8th to 11th October 2018

Yield per vine: 1,4 kg

Length of fermentation and maceration on the skins:13 days

Wood-ageing: 11 months in oak barrels and casks of 100- 30; 5; 2,25 hl

Bottled: from 13th to 19th February 2020 and from 12th to 17th March 2020

Analysis: Alcohol: 14.5% Sugar: <1g/Lt Acidity: 5.35 g/Lt Volatile Acidity: 0.50g/Lt Net extracts: 30.3 g/Lt pH: 3.48 Sulphur: less than 100 mg per liter as required by organic laws.

The 2020 Vintage at San Giusto

Favourable weather trend during spring and summer time; rainfall within the average; the first half of August hot, but temperatures not adversely affecting the berries; a second heat-wave around mid September responsible for early harvesting in some of the vineyards. Scattered but abundant rain followed, bringing about a decisive temperature drop; the latter proved instrumental in preserving – to the utmost degree of perfection – the healthiness of the fruit. A vintage year of great quality

Where in the World is San Giusto?

San Giusto is in the Gaiole within the Chianti Classico sub-region of Tuscany.

COther sub-regions include Montalcino and Montepuliciano. Like Montalcino, Chianti covers a large area and is relatively poorly defined in comparison to the likes of Barolo.

As is often the case with Italian wines there is confusion created by an ever changing general classification system. In this case we have wines two basic designation. The first, the Chianti Classico DOCG for which you see a black rooster on the label or neck tie which come from a defined area between Florence and Sienna. The Second Chianti DOCG or greater Chianti region that surrounds the Chianti Classico DOCG which in turn is broken up into seven sub-regions as seen in the second map below.

Isole e Olena – Is in the Chianti Classico DOCG, sub-region Barberino Val d’Elsa to the west of Radda

91 Points

The 2020 Chianti Classico is super-impressive. It's the sort of wine that needs time to come together, though, so readers should be in no rush. The purity of the fruit is really quite compelling. Dark cherry, plum, cedar, incense and licorice build nicely in a mid-weight Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano, Località San Giusto a Rentennano, Gaiole in Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy

Gaiole UGA
Chianti Classico