I looked forward to a similar buzz when I got the invitation to the Banfi Wine Dinner at Senja, and when I discovered that they had flown in the resident chef from Castello Banfi itself, Chef Domenico Francone, I knew it was going to be a good night.
An excerpt from their brochure states that "Castello Banfi, known in the 13th century as Poggio alle Mura, is located on the gentle western slopes facing the Mediterranean of their 7,100 acres estate,
grow grapes in maritime soils that produce wines of elegant and subtle character, unique to southern Tuscany.
Their terra, rich in clay and calcium, regulates growth and adds complexity. Stones, rounded, by the Orcia and Ombrone Rivers, impart distinctive minerals to our white wines. Amid their vineyards, paleontologists recently unearthed one of the greatest discoveries of its kind, a 5 million year old whale fossil completely intact (WOW, THIS PARTICULAR FACT CERTAINLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION). It is the influence of the prehistoric ocean bed that once covered the hills of Tuscany that today makes the grapes of Castello Banfi so expressive in character. Decades of clonal and enological research, especially focused on the native Sangiovese vine, have been registered with the European Community and shared with all. These endeavors gave rise to the renaissance of Brunello and the creation of “Super Tuscan” wines."
Banfi's wine expert, Guillaume Blanchard (who I reckon is a spitting image of Jeff Goldblum) very animatedly and entertainingly brought us on a vicarious journey of Castello Banfi, and the various wines we were to drink that night.
Poggio All Oro BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG RISERVA
100% Sangiovese, estate selection, produced only in excellent vintages based on a meticulous selection of the harvested grapes, aged in barriques for 30 months, plus at least 12-18 months bottle aging before release.
Intense ruby red with garnet reflections, which show after long aging, with intense bouquet, enveloping, fruity and spicy with tobacco and chocolate notes. The taste is full, austere, velvety and appropriately tannic.
ROSA REGALE, Brachetto 100%. A soft red sparkling wine, extremely aromatic.The cold maceration of the grapes, followed, by a soft pressing, allows the extraction of the typical intense aromasfrom the skins and gives to the wine its characteristic light ruby red colour.
PRINCIPESSA GAVIA, GAVI DOCG
Cortese 100%, following a rigorous selection of Cortese grapes and vinified using the latest
winemaking techniques, the clean must is gently pressed and fermented at a
controlled temperature of 18° C for 20 days. A pale straw colour, with intense bouquet, fruit forward, with typical hints of pineapple and apple.
This 100% Pinot Grigio belongs to Castello Banfi estate-bottled single-varietals range.
Thanks to the Montalcino microclimate our Tuscan Pinot Grigio adds to the typical
aromas of this variety an unusual body, flavour and balance.
Celebrating the best Tuscan tradition Banfi offers a family of Chianti wines varied and complementary, unique in its style. Chianti Riserva is produced from selected grapes grown in the "Classico" region of Chianti between Siena and Firenze. It is elegant, well-balanced, full-bodied with a very long aging potential.
The black rooster, the Gallo Nero, has been used as a symbol in the Chianti region from as early as the founding of the Lega Chianti. In 1924, it became the symbol of the Chianti Classico Consortium, and a mere 81 years later, in 2005, it became the official symbol for bottles of Chianti Classico DOCG wine.
100% Sangiovese ,intense ruby red with garnet reflections, Bouquet: ethereal, wide, light vanilla.
Taste: full, soft, velvety and intense, with sensations of liquorice, spices and light
Unfortunately, the wine pairing dinner was only available from 1-3 December. Do contact Asia Euro Wines for more information on the fabulous Banfi wines.
Su Ling Lee
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