This blend is arguably singularly unique in its classic varietal composition. Perhaps best described as a super tusker blend. Pardon the play on words surrounding the role of African elephants in Hannibal the Conquerors historical war on the Romans.
Each year there are marginal differences in the make-up of this wine, but the primary performers of Sangiovese being 50%, Pinot Noir, 22% and Nebbiolo, 13% return their rightful position. I once enjoyed a cellar visit by two Italian oenologists who comfortably stated that these three cultivars were possibly the most noble in the world! The rest of the blend comprises of Mourvedre 7%, Barbera 6% and Shiraz 2%.
All portions have been matured in best French oak barrels. Vintage 2008 was not a dry vintage, but this did not detract from the strength and potential of this bottling.
Aromatic and firm with notable fruits of the forest character. Excellent ageing potential and long aristocratic finish!