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Art, creativity, innovation... just a few words that have been used throughout the centuries to describe Italy and just the words we like to use when describing our award-winning Libero Toscana IGT.
Toscana has an intense ruby red colour with aromas of ripe red berry fruit, black cherry, hints of cacao, and sweet spices. Full-bodied and vigorous on the palate, a rich fruit and spice flavour and a classic refreshing acidity. Persistent and perfectly balanced, this wine has impeccable style both in structure and round tannins.
This wine is organically produced.
I deliberately asked my friends the Ducks (so called because their home is a virtual sanctuary for wild ducks) to taste this wine with me as they are true connoisseurs, so I knew I would get honest comments. I don't drink a lot of wine myself, so I prefer to get an expert opinion for a product like this. We had planned a small dinner party - them, me, and Mr 15 (who does not drink wine so we won't count him)! Roast chicken was on the menu so I asked them if it was appropriate to have red rather than white wine with it. They said it was all a matter of taste, and they were very happy to try the red.
Mrs Duck sipped hers then looked at the rest of us in delight. We all waited while she had another sip, then another - and then declared that it was absolutely delicious! Mr Duck and I then tried ours too and had to agree: it was perfect. Just the right balance between sweet and dry, and very smooth. Mrs Duck asked where it had come from as it was much nicer than any other New Zealand wines she had tasted; of course, I had to explain that it was an import from Italy. She nodded; they have travelled extensively in Europe, and she agreed that a good Italian wine is among the best. While in Italy, they had been thoroughly spoiled for quality.
Mr Duck said he could taste fruit other than grapes, and liked the non-acidic aftertaste that lingered on his tongue. He thought he could taste cherry; we checked the descriptor on the Wuthrich Facebook page and found that his impression was correct - cherries are certainly included, along with cacao and other spices. He said this gave the wine a full-bodied flavour which made it very pleasant to drink. Both of them assured me that they could happily drink more than one bottle, but because they had to drive home, they had to be satisfied with just the one for the three of us.
The smoothness and the lack of acidity really appealed to Mrs Duck. She thought this was due to the strict quality controls which are applied to wines of this calibre. The descriptor "Indicazione Geografica Tipica", commonly abbreviated to IGT, appears on the label under the word Toscana - this shows that the wine is of a superior quality, consistent with the standards of a particular region, in this case Tuscany. It is also organically produced and contains only the best fruit and spices.
The bottle looks stunning, very sophisticated and deserving of a prime place in a wine rack so it can show off its dark charm. However, we did have one small issue with it. The printing is tiny; we all tried (and failed) to make out the words on the front label but it was too challenging. We all speak Italian, so it would have been interesting to read about the wine from the bottle itself rather than having to resort to the website to get the information. The rear of the bottle was much easier to read as it used a plain font rather than the elaborate cursive on the front label. Incidentally, the "Libero" in the product title means "free" (of artificial additives), and "Toscana" of course means Tuscany. So I suppose it could be argued that all the drinker really needs to know about the wine is summed up in those two words.
Like all special wines, this one is expensive - but all three of us thought it was worth it. It is a lovely drink for a special occasion, and they assured me that they would be buying some and spreading the word. It is far too good a find to keep to themselves. In the meantime, what nicer than to sit at home and enjoy a glass while watching the latest hatchlings play on the lawn outside? A bucolic pastime worthy of Tuscany!
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