2018 Castello Di Ama Haiku
The Haiku from the famous winery from Tuscany is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and now belongs to the list of famous super-tuscans. The Haiku has a deep ruby red color and has a very complex book of red cherries, flowers, coffee, mint and spices. In the mouth this medium/full bodied wine is very pleasant with a nice attack of ripe tannins and refined acids. The wine is well balanced and elegant. Like all of the Castello di Ama wines, the Haiku also has firm tannins that give this wine great aging potential. Certainly as good as the more famous Tignanello (Antinori) but much more affordable in price. The wine has been awarded a 95/100 points by Parker and has a drinking window until 2038.
The vineyard is located in Gaiole in Chianti at an altitude between 390-530m above sea level. The soil of the vineyard is rich in lime and clay. The fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks for 25 days, malolactic fermentation in barriques followed by an aging of 11-13 months in French barriques (30% new, 70% 2nd-3rd passage) The name Haiku comes from an original, traditional Japanese Haiku, which is based on simplicity. The label features a knight styled by Guidoriccio da Fogliano, which has its origins in Simone Martini's fresco, rooted in Italian tradition.
The winery of this small hamlet of the same name is the cradle of an important research into the right sangiovese clone for chianti. Winemaker Marco Palanti was looking for the best clones for Ama in his own way and his life's work is astonishing to say the least. Where chianti used to struggle with an image of diluted wine, Castello di Ama was able to turn this image into that of high-quality wines in less than one generation. Not only the vineyards were looked at, but also the possibilities of pruning, the ripening of the grapes and of course also the improvement potential in the winery. Over the years it has been possible to improve the clones step by step. The vineyards are located at an altitude between 390 and 450 meters. The soil is heavy clay with a lot of gravel and pebbles. The vineyards were planted between 1964 and 1978. At Castello Di Ama you do not only get art in the glass, because in and around the authentic villa there are sublime works by great contemporary artists.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Castello Di Ama|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|