Day five in lockdown… Chianti Classico

If it’s true that we only regret things we don’t do, then I really wish I’d bought more of this wine back when I first discovered it.

Luckily last week I bought a bottle before lockdown. I asked a close work colleague to add a mystery wine to a box of goodies I bought to see me through the lockdown and here it is. It’s been open a couple of days because, believe it or not, even when I’m in lockdown, I’m trying to keep a lid on how much wine I consume but given that this one tastes better each day, it suggests it could continue to age well for another five years, probably a lot longer.

I hope we can get the 2016 in New Zealand when the time comes  because that vintage produced stunning wines in Europe.

Perfect wine match of day 5 in lock down


2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG $53.99

Isole e Olena was formed in the 1950s when two adjoining wine estates, Isole and Olena, were bought by the De Marchi family who combined them into one. This 45 estate is in the western part of the Chianti Classico DOCG and its vineyards grow at 350 to 450 metres above sea level, making it a relatively cooler part of the Chianti Classico zone. The elevation is the reason the vines benefit from cool sea breezes and the reason given for this wine’s supple, silky style, superb succulent acidity and lingering flavoursome finish.

Yes, it’s delicious…

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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