The Tanzini brothers gave this wine the same name as their estate because it reflects the image and style of the domaine. It is an elegant and racy wine with a remarkable purity of fruit. A very small amount of sulfur is used during the winemaking process in order to preserve a maximum of the terroir’s unique characteristics. The wine is 95% Sangiovese finished with some Ciliegiolo. Vinified by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts for 22 days, it is aged in 500 and 600 liter oak barrels for 24 months. A delicious Sangiovese, complex and refined, at a fraction of the big appellations’ prices.
With an intense ruby red colour, the Roccapesta reveals an intense nose of cassis, black cherry, rose and violet. On the palate the wine is balanced and has a lively acidity, silky tannins and a dense field of black fruit, cinnamon and caramel with a balsamic peak. Rich and persistent, it is still young and will continue to improve for a few years. Drink between 2018 and 2023.
A great match for pasta dish with sausage and mushrooms or veal shank.
Clay and limestone and clay schist
Organically laboured vineyard without the use of pesticides or fertilizers
Manual harvest. Vinification with indigenous yeasts. 22 day maceration. Aging in French 500 liter oak barrels for 24 months
Gambero Rosso - 2 glasses, Roccapesta 2011
Bibenda wine guide 2015 - 4 Clusters, Roccapesta 2011
If we were to briefly define the philosophy of Leonardo and Alberto Tanzini, it will would be about their respect for the environment and the quest for the Sangiovese grape’s purest expression. In 2003, father and son made the acquisition of this magnificent estate located in the south-west of Tuscany, in the town of Scansano in the center of the Morellino di Scansano appellation. They quickly undertook a major transformation of the viticultural practices and increased the size of the vineyard area. Much research and analysis were done in order to find the best combination between the grape variety (clone), the rootstock and soil. Today Roccapesta has more than 20 hectares of vineyards and favours an organic approach to viticulture. The estate grows eight different kinds of Sangiovese, but also Ciliegiolo, Alicante, Pugnitello, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
The Montecucco DOC, located in the southern sub-region Maremma, between the prestigious Brunello Di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations was created in 2010. Many experts agree that it is the new sub-region to watch in Tuscany. The terroir is beautiful and the climate perfect for high quality viticulture. The excellent wines which are being produced here are attracting the attention of a growing number of wine enthusiasts who are looking for exceptional value for their money. As is mostly the case in Tuscany, the wines are mainly composed of Sangiovese, but several estates are also experimenting with international varietals such as Merlot or Cabernet as they adapt well to Maremma’s terroir.
Maremma is one of Italy’s most interesting wine-growing areas. Mainly known for its cattle farms and nature parks, it is now the center of a thriving wine business. The soils are mainly composed of shale and limestone, and the proximity of the ocean helps to temper the hot summers.
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