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Carus Gaudio Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful, inspiring with a rich, dense palate.


£89.00 per case
(£14.83 per bottle incVAT)
£61.69 per case (In Bond)

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Carus Gaudio Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

Tasting Notes

A beautiful and inspiring Chianti Classico Riserva offering a rich, dense palate filled with sweet yet sour cherry fruit, tomato confit, spice and superfine tannins. A wine with an attractive yet punchy personality, it is hugely appealing and moreish. Its fresh acidity and mineral finish adds lift and layers. Produced from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink 2016 - 2026.

Production Area

The 8.5 hectares (21 acres) dedicated to Chianti Classico production are located between San Casciano and Mercatale in Val di Pesa in one of the best areas to produce this wine. The area has smooth hills with a moderate content of clay and rich in structure. Only the top grapes from the best vineyard sites are used to produce the Riserva.

Wine Type

Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon

Details of Harvest

2012 was a year with very low yields compensated by an excellent wine quality. May started with a cool period (average temperature of 17.2° C) and 12 days of rain for up to June 12th. Then it started a fairly dry and hot period until the end of August with temperatures peaking at 40°C. September was mild with frequent rains. Harvest started as usual for Syrah and Merlot at the beginning of September and Sangiovese began at the end of September, finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 vintage is viewed in the region as good to excellent. It offers fresh acidity, ripe, concentrated fruit and slightly more definition compared to the more exuberant 2011 vintage.

Vinification Process

Produced from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, these grapes were hand harvested and de-stemmed. Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel for 12 days followed by an additional 10-day skin contact. Most of the Sangiovese was aged in tonneaux (500L) while the Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in mostly seasoned French oak barrels for 12 month, allowing for a purer fruit expression that is not dominated by oak flavours or tannins.

Alcohol Content

14% which is higher than the average. Robust but without losing the pleasantness and its balance.

Food Matching

Grilled meats, stews or richer poultry dishes made with tomatoes or red wine.