A wine recommendation under £10 every Wednesday – except the last of the month which is a payday splurge
This week I was invited to a tasting of the Ca’Marcanda range – part of the Gaja wine family.
In wine-world the rules are very strict, and in this particular part of Tuscany there are only a few grapes varieties that are allowed to be used in a wine that has DOC or DOCG classification.
Daring winemakers in the 70s decided against this dogma, and started planting international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, rather than traditional Italian grapes like Sangiovese.
This group of ‘law-breakers’ which started with Sassicaia, gained a loyal fan base and the name Super-Tuscan was born.
Now while I do love indigenous grapes because they speak truly and authentically to the region and its culture, there is a bit of me that loves the rebellious spirit of those first Super-Tuscan wine makers.
I like to think of them as rebels with a clue and despite still being labelled as lowly IGP wines (the lowest rung of the wine ladder – as they are still illegal) they are some of the most sort after wines in the world – with a price tag often to match.
There are, however a few gems that can still be found without remortgaging – and this week’s suggestion is exactly that.
Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis Shop
A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese this is actually the ‘entry level’ wine of the estate, but you would never think so drinking it.
It has flavours of ripe purple and black fruit – think black cherry, plum and damson, spicy black pepper, leather, licorice and wood spice.
The current vintage out for sale is 2019, but this is one of those wines that if you can, I would strongly suggest you store away for a few years – as it will only get silkier and smoother on the palate.
A wine to treat yourself to and bring out when you’ve done something daring, rebellious or courageous – and remind yourself just how far you’ve come.