Le Miccine Chianti Riserva Docg 2017

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  • Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team.
  • The estate respects the traditions of the Chianti Classico area while applying innovative thinking in the vineyard and winery practices.
  • Utmost importance is placed on observing and adapting practices to each different vintage.
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  • Alistair Cooper
    93 points
  • Gary Walsh
    94 points

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Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that had been abandoned during the global financial crisis. She learnt Italian while she revived this vineyard, using only ancient traditional methods to breathe life back into the soil and the vines.

Paula respects the traditions of the Chianti Classico area while applying innovative New World thinking in the vineyard and winery practices. Her winery has no electricity, instead using the natural breezes of this high-altitude region to cool her winery. making her facility different yet traditional. Utmost importance is placed on observing and adapting practices to each different vintage. Le Miccine wines are award winning wines distributed internationally in vibrant cities such as Montreal, New York, Auckland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and across cities in Europe. And now they have made it to the shores of Australia!

Le Miccine has seven hectares of vineyards that surround the property. There are six clones of Sangiovese grapevines along with other complementary grape red varieties such as Malvasia Nera, Merlot and Colorino. Le Miccine follows organic viticultural practices (Certified Organic in 2016), which increase biodiversity and allow the vines to increase their natural defenses against pathogens. The objective is to attain a balance that gives optimum grape quality. The key is flexibility since every vintage is different. It is essential to adapt every year to the different climate influences.

This wine is a fine example of Le Miccine wine style. Riserva wines spend a minimum of 2 years in barriques. The Riserva is a sophisticated wine made from the best Le Miccine grapes. It is lively, complex and bold and is a wonderful companion to meat and game dishes. Blend of Sangiovese grape clones.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Almond
    • Fig
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Cedar
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Alistair Cooper MW

    93
    "A brooding deep nose, also showing the classic leafy red herbal notes. There’s a hint of black olive on the palate, along with chalky fine tannins. Elegant, clean and with a very long finish. Deliciously well made, it carries the 14% alcohol effortlessly - supremely balanced wine."
  • Gary Walsh

    94
    "Dense, savoury, deep and firm with smooth tightly knit tannin, glassy acidity and a long finish. Flavours are of black cherry, aniseed, dried herb and almond paste. It has a very ‘mineral’ feel to it, in such a way that it has something of a Teroldego character about it. Beautifully turned out. Adult. Sophisticated style. Touch and go for 95 points really."

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Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.

Tuscany

Tuscany is the oldest wine region in Italy, with a long history dating back over 2700 years. The region is on the Western coast of Italy, stretching from the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the Apennine mountains, with the majority of the region being quite hilly.

Contributing to around 6% of Italy's total wine output, Tuscany is the third most planted region, but only the eight biggest producer. Much of this can be attributed to the hilly terroir and poor soils leading to lower yields, but generally higher quality wines. The region produces far more red than white wine, and is responsible for two of the most famous Italian red wines, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Chianti was first classified in 1716, and the region of Tuscany now has 29 DOC and 7 DOCG classifications. In the 1970s 'Super Tuscan' wines emerged of supreme quality, commanding very high prices. Although they were initially produced outside the DOC or DOCG zones, most of the regions have since been classified, though some producers still opt to use the simpler and less restrictive IGT labelling.

The famous red wine Chianti is based on the the Sangiovese variety, though is most commonly blended with Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of multiple grapes is common, even Bordeaux blends can be found. White wines produced include Vermentino, Vernaccia, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.

Chianti

Nestled in central Tuscany, Italy, lies the historic Chianti wine region. For many years, the region was synonymous with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, known as a 'fiasco.' However, only a few winemakers continue to use this unique packaging today.

In 1932, the Chianti region underwent a significant overhaul, with the area being entirely redrawn and divided into seven distinct sub-areas: Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano, and Rùfina. This restructuring led to the creation of a more precise and delineated set of wine production standards, ensuring the quality and consistency of Chianti wines for years to come.

During the 1970s, Chianti producers began to reduce the amount of white grapes used in their wine production, favoring a greater emphasis on the robust flavors of the Sangiovese grape. In 1995, it became legal to produce a Chianti wine made with 100% Sangiovese, a testament to the grape's importance and contribution to the region's winemaking history.

Today, Chianti wines must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes to bear the prestigious name of Chianti. The resulting wines are known for their complex, earthy flavors, balanced tannins, and bright acidity. Visitors to the region can take a deep dive into the world of Chianti wine, with opportunities to explore vineyards, tour cellars, and sample some of the region's finest offerings. With its rich history, unique sub-areas, and dedication to quality, Chianti is a wine region that continues to captivate wine enthusiasts from around the world.

About the brand Le Miccine

Le Miccine has always been an important element of the Chianti countryside. In the past the estate served as a way station for travellers and their donkeys to rest. The name Le Miccine comes from the dialect word that means small female donkeys. The vineyards were initially planted in the sixties and that is when the estate began to produce wines.

Le Miccine is a family-owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. The estate respects the traditions of the Chianti Classico area while applying innovative thinking in the vineyard and winery practices. Utmost importance is placed on observing and adapting practices to each different vintage. Le Miccine wines are award-winning wines distributed internationally in vibrant cities such as Montreal, New York, Auckland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and across cities in Europe.

Le Miccine aims to become a flagship property that is recognized internationally as part of the top of the Chianti Classico region. The estate strives to reach balance and innovation in the vineyard and winery practices so as to offer quality wines with an unforgettable story.

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