Il Borro Polissena Toscana IGT Rosso 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 94] [WA 92+] [WS 90]

Il Borro Polissena Toscana IGT Rosso 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 94] [WA 92+] [WS 90]

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About the winery:

Winery owner Salvatore Ferragamo, heir of the storied Ferragamo fashion empire, replanted the family's Il Borro vineyard in 1999 and has been releasing Tuscan wines ever since. The winery has been certified organic since 2015.

Notes from the Winemaker:
Polissena is an act of love, a homage to Tuscany, and to one of its typical grape varieties: Sangiovese. The grape has a strong backbone but is refined and balanced. It is captivating but modest and never invasive.

The vineyard from which this wine is produced, Politi, has a density of 4.500 plants per hectare. It is the highest vineyard in the “Il Borro” Estate at approximately 350 metres above sea level. The soil is Schistose which drains very well. At the end of August the plants are pruned leaving around 1 kg of grapes on each vine. The yield per hectare is 4,500 kg, equivalent to around 3,000 litres of wine. The grapes are harvested, de-stemmed and sorted by hand and then pressed and gravity-fed into vinification tanks.

On the first day of fermentation during vinification, 10 to 20% of the liquid is removed from the tanks to increase concentration. Maceration, the process by which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing, takes about 22 days in the stainless-steel tanks at a temperature controlled 28°C.

The last stage is alcoholic fermentation which takes around 10 days on average after which the wine is decanted in to barrels. The wine is then left to mature in the casks for at least 12 months after which it is filtered and bottled. After twelve months, the wine returns to the stainless-steel vats for approximately one month and is then gently filtered, bottled and left for a further 6 months to mature in the bottle.

Food Pairings

All the Tuscan dishes cooked with meat, Tuscan croutons, aged cheeses, cured meats, first and main courses with games. Polissena wine pairs perfectly with hare, wild boar, Chianina and Cinta Senese meat.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - James Suckling:
"The cherry and floral character is impressive in this wine for its subtle nature and beauty. Medium-to full-bodied with very fine tannins and a bright and vivid finish. So refined and caressing. First year from organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (11 Jul, 2018)

92+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"This is Il Borro's classic red wine for less formal drinking occasions. The 2015 Polissena is an IGT Toscana wine now, but I am told it will revert over to the Val d'Arno di Sopra appellation starting with the 2017 vintage. This wine is abundant and generous with ample layers of cherry and dark plum that peel back with pretty intensity. A pure expression of Sangiovese, the wine also offers elegant tones of wild rose, licorice, savory tobacco, rusty nail and a touch of dusty mineral. The ripeness of the fruit in this warm vintage is balanced out by the natural acidity of the grape." - Monica Larner (31st May 2019)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Plum, leather and tobacco notes combine in this dense, vibrant red. Balanced, with a solid base of tannins and a moderate finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,400 cases made, 1,020 cases imported." - BS (Jun 15, 2019)