TUA RITA Redigaffi 2019
100 points, “Owner Stefano Frascolla describes 2019 as ‘a dream vintage’ and describes how the vines ‘underwent all the stages of their phenolic development at the optimum times.’ For me, the 2019 Redigaffi is a wine of sublime harmony and balance, and it reminds me very much of the 2016. It is absolutely brimming with ripe black cherry, cream and blackcurrant flavours encased in compact, super-fine tannins that are firm yet so elegant and refined. Energetic and vivacious in character, it is still not completely formed but has all the ingredients for a great future.” – Decanter
Redigaffi was already a Tuscan icon, but that perfect score from Decanter places this vintage into the pantheon of fine wine’s all-time greats.
This masterpiece in Merlot is a deep and age-worthy red. Powerful and polished, it pulses with blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, black truffle, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, tar, spices, incense and cream. It always amazes us how dark Tua Rita’s legendary Merlot is; it seems to almost redefine the grape variety.
Rita Tua and her late husband bought their property in Suvereto, just south of Bolgheri in the province of Livorno in the early-1980s. They planted vineyards of Bordeaux varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in Colline Metallifere (Upper Maremma) and released their first boutique ‘garage wines’ about a decade later. But Tua Rita really burst on to the fine wine scene when their Redigaffi 2000 became the first ever Italian wine to receive a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker.
Overnight, Tua Rita became one of the spearheads of a new wave of cult Super Tuscans. But this isn’t a glamorous château-style property, it’s a rural family home that has earnt its reputation based on hard graft and attention to detail. Now, run by Rita’s daughter Simena and her husband Stefano Frascolla, it remains one of the pioneering gems of the Tuscan coast.
£29.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3708676
Style No.: 879732
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15%