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Dalla Cia Teano 2014

Dalla Cia Teano 2014
A coming-together.

Teano is the renowned Giorgio Dalla Cia’s version of a Super Tuscan, the wine a blend of Bordeaux varieties plus Sangiovese. The 2014, matured for 24 months in 100% new 300-litre barrels, is luxuriously styled and has the price tag to match, selling for R869 a bottle on Port2Port.

The nose shows red and black fruit, earth, spice and a hint of cigar box while the palate is rich and smooth textured but also possess good freshness, the finish gently savoury. It will make a lot of well-heeled punters very happy.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

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  1. Which SA reds do you think have the most similar character to this wine? (I can’t think of any SA red blends that include sangiovese, so I imagine they’d probably have to be “Cape Blends”, or Bordeaux Blends.)

  2. In fact, Joe, there are a few blends with Sangiovese. The Nederburg Ingenuity Red Italian Blend is one, and not dissimilar to Teano in ambition and orientation, I’d say: big, bold, ripe, etc. Bouchard Finlayson’s Hannibal is another (with sangiovese the largest component, along with Italian and French non-Bordeaux varieties), and a bit closer to my own tastes in these things!

  3. Thanks, Tim! I’ll have to give the Nederburg a try some time. And somehow I had forgotten about Hannibal, which I had a bottle of a few years back!


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