Piccini Shows Tuscan Sass With Sasso al Poggio

Famous for its classic Chiantis, family-owned Piccini has been producing top Tuscan wines for more than 130 years.

Piccini 'Sasso al Poggio' IGT Toscana 2008 means 'Stone on the Hill' and acknowledges the fragmented rock soils which make this wine a true expression of Tuscan terroir.  The wine is now available from Morrisons and morrisonscellar.com at RRP £12.99.

The 2008 vintage is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, with only the best fruit selected for harvesting.  Work in the winery - led by Head Winemaker Antonella Conti - is focused on giving balance, elegance, texture and length of flavour to the final wine.  The varietals are vinified separately with a prolonged temperature-controlled maceration in stainless steel tanks and frequent pumping over for extraction of colour, complexity and fine tannins.  At the end of the year, when malolactic fermentation has finished, the wine is blended and then aged for 12 months in oak barrels, followed by a further year in smaller barriques and a final four months in bottle before release.

Piccini's Sasso al Poggio IGT Toscana 2008 has aromas of black cherry, liquorice and forest fruits with mineral and vanilla oak notes.  It is deep, full and lush on the palate with a core of succulent fruit integrated with tannins and a long, complex finish.  A perfect wine for mature cheeses and game dishes.

Family owned and run, Piccini has been operating from the heart of the Tuscan countryside for over 130 years and is today run by brother and sister team Martina and Mario Piccini.

For further information: 020 87474 9592 / Cordelia