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    2016 Tua Rita, Redigaffi

    I am delighted to offer the 2016 vintage of Redigaffi by Tua Rita at the best price on the market.

    Azienda Agricola Tua Rita is a leading Tuscan wine estate located just outside Suvereto in the Colline Metallifere hill country. It is best known for its single-variety IGT Toscana wine made from Merlot, Redigaffi, which has gained cult status. It is a regular feature in top global auction catalogues, and the 2000 vintage was the first Italian wine to be awarded a perfect 100-point rating by Robert Parker.

    The estate was founded in 1984 by Rita Tua and her husband Virgilio Bisti, beginning with a 2-hectare (5-acre) plot at Notri. This has grown to cover 30 hectares (75 acres) of vineyards, which are farmed organically. After harvest, fruit is hand-picked and transported in small baskets to the winery sorting tables before being fermented in wooden vats. It is then transferred by gravity flow to the barrel hall underneath, where all labels mature for at least 18 months. A mixture of new and old oak is used – the top wines are aged in new oak.

    2016 Redigaffi, Tua Ruta
    GBP 425 IB per 3x75cl (20 cases available)

    Wow. This is a beautiful year for Tua Rita's legendary Merlot. The grapes were harvested early, between September 4th and the 6th, and spent 21 months in barrique. This wine is a perennial overachiever, and the 2016 Redigaffi is no exception. It has a remarkable persistence to the bouquet, along with tonic crispness and a velvety mouthfeel. It's a complete and beautifully structured expression, most notable for its freshness and softness. This Redigaffi is still a bit closed, which leads me to think it is going to be a stunner when you finally retrieve it from your cellar in 5-10 years from now. 98 points Monica Larner (WA)

    Offered subject to confirmation and remaining unsold. Available early 2022.