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Awards

In the last year we have won -

International Wine Challenge

Auramaris (2009) - Bronze

Reviresco (2007) - Bronze

 

 

Decanter World Wine Awards

Auramaris (2009) - Bronze

Val di Toro (2007) - Commended

 

In previous years we have also won -

2008 International Wine Challenge - Val di Toro (2006) - Bronze

2008 Decanter World Wine Awards - Val di Toro (2006) - Commended

2008 Mundus Vini - Val di Toro (2006) - Silver

 

Reviews

Auramaris 2010. I love Vermentino from the Tuscan coast; this one also includes 15% Grechetto. Fresh and sappy in character, it has a refreshing acidity that leaves you wanting another glass. 5 Stars. 18.5/20

 

Reviresco 2009. A pure Sangiovese. Ripe and rounded with some sweet cherry fruit. Riper and fleshier - and quite different from the Sangiovese flavours of central Tuscany. Aged in Old Tonneaux for a few months. 4 Stars. 16.5/20

Rosemary George MW, Decanter Magazine 

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Reviresco 2009 - 87/100. The Reviresco ’09 deserves an hour’s decanting before the nose melts into a simple redcurrant and wild strawberry affair. The palate is initially quite tertiary and once again, it benefits from aeration, allowing the slightly coarse tannins to soften and marry with its volatile lift on the finish (you can feel a little heat at the back of the throat.)

Val di Toro 2008 - 90/100. This is a very fine wine from Val di Toro. It has an attractive, very pure nose of red cherries and redcurrant with just enough volatile lift to lend it that Tuscan joie-de-vivre. With time there is a hint of leather and cedar. The palate is well-balanced with succulent tannins, good acidity, just the right amount of opulence with a sour twist on the finish to give it a little edge. Very fine. Tasted April 2011.

Auramaris 2010 - 92/100. This is a delicious Vermentino from Val di Toro. A complex, well defined nose of grapefruit, dried lemon and walnut soar from the glass, the palate well balanced and losing its initial oxidative note with time. Bitter lemon, hazelnut and a touch of apricot, taut and focused on the fresh, edgy finish. What a great Vermentino! Tasted April 2011.

Neal Martin September 2011, www.erobertparker.com

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Val di Toro - The second vintage (2007) from this new property in Tuscany that lies directly between Grosseto and Scansano. 90% Sangiovese and 10% Montepulciano, the team of Anna Maria Cruciata and husband Hugh Constable Maxwell have crafted a wine that exhibits elegant red cherry fruits, layers of earthy peppery licorice spice, roast fennel notes and a primary fruited creamy grape tannin texture. This vintage is supremely elegant and fine boned and can certainly be regarded as a step up in quality on the promising maiden 2006 red (89/100 GWS). The 2007 Val di Toro is young and fairly primary at the moment (October 2009), but if the continued attention to detail on this second vintage is anything to go by, the future should be bright for this little Tuscan estate. Made with the helping guidance of a consulting winemaker, the wines were aged in French barriques barrels from the Gaja estate and a portion in larger Tonneau casks. An estate to watch out for. Drink now to 2015+ 90+/100

 

Reviresco 2007 is the first vintage of the Reviresco Red from this boutique property in the Maremma, Tuscany that lies directly between Grossetto and Scansano. Following on from their "Estate" red launched last year with the 2006 vintage, the Reviresco Rosso is Val di Toro's earlier drinking 100% Sangiovese offering that the team of Anna Maria Cruciata and husband Hugh Constable Maxwell have crafted. A wine that exhibits earthy, sun drenched red cherry fruit, raspberry, sun dried cranberry, layers of peppery spice, fennel and aniseed notes and a dusty red earth finish that is fresh and primary fruited with elegant dry supporting powder tannins. Perfect with or without food. Drink now to 2012+. 88-89/100

 

The 2009 Vermentino Auramaris opens with beautifully expressive cut grass and green pear aromatics that lead to ripe white peaches framed by a silky, refined grapey mineral structure. This white offers lovely elegance, freshness, balance and poise and should continue to improve in bottle for at least another 2 years. Drink from 2010 to 2013+ A sterling effort yet again from the team at Val di Toro. 90+/100 

Greg Sherwood MW, Handford Wines

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Val di Toro 2007 - Austere and intriguing with no obvious fruitiness, Val di Toro 2007 plays its cards very well. With its earthy and woodland hints, its style is more similar to a Brunello than to a supertuscan. 16 / 20

Espresso 'Vini d'Italia 2011' Guide

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Auramaris 2009. ( 84 ) Sensations. The attractiveness of the taste is immediately imposing on the senses. Smoothness is given by the perfect maturity of the grapes at harvest time. Great maturity which is not over-maturity : the aromas are still fragrant and citrusey notwithstanding the great sun exposure revealed at first by the colour. The second qualifying attribute of this wine is in the making of it. Its aromas, its touch, its final lingering in the month are those of a wine transformed with impeccable wine making execution. Brightness and clearness to match the enjoyment of its rich, soft and citrusey aroma.

 

Val di Toro 2007. ( 83 ). Reviresco 2007. ( 81 ). The prime ingredients of incredibly rich grapes are transformed at Val di Toro. Reviresco 2007 is a red balsmaic and minty power of superior extractive richness. Fuller and more tempting the Val di Toro 2007. Respectful and precise wine making in the Auramaris 2009 with its white attractiveness, fragrancy and fleshness quite rare for Tuscany. A pulpy pear, extremely bright and inviting. Compliments.

Luca Maroni 'Annuario dei migliori Vini Italiani '

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The nose is packed with black and red cherry and this mix of flavours is there on the palate ensuring complexity. Backing the cherry is some dark chocolate, the Montepulciano asserting its influence over the Sangiovese. The tannins are still quite firm, the vine youth in evidence. Sweeter, richer, lush fruit comes through towards the finish, the crunchy cherry spiced up by some hints of oak. 91/100 

Derek Smedley MW
September 2006

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We have also been recommended by the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers.

 

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