M&S Classics Chianti, Riserva 2017

With its ‘Classics’ range M&S set out to produce wines which are the epitome of a grape, blend or region. It includes repackaged wines from existing suppliers as well as new wines that their buyers had to go out and hunt down. Sue Daniels set out “to find and redefine those lovely well-known regions and iconic grape varieties, some of which have perhaps fallen off the radar a bit, and bring them back and offer good authenticity.” I like this idea very much; at wine tastings – especially blind ones – I don’t really want quirky surprises. This is the fifth wine from the range that I have tasted and I’m impressed. This wine is unmistakably Chianti.

Tasting notes: Its appearance is deep purple in colour. Primary notes of red fruit and berries on the nose. Secondary notes of vanilla show a period of oak aging (required for ‘Riserva classification). Medium length. Medium body. A little (soft) tannic grip. Some intensity on the palate, cherries, raspberry and a hint of spice. Balanced acidity, better with food. A little length to the finish. Has had a little time (4 years) to soften up.

Region of Origin – Tuscany
Wine Colour – red
Price – £8
Where do I get it from? Marks & Spencer
Current Vintage – 2017
Grape – Sangiovese, blended with 30% Colorino and a little Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country – Italy

Verdict – Good wine for a good price

Food Pairings: This went perfectly with spaghetti Bolognese.

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