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A sensational Cabernet/Merlot blend

I visited the spectacular Seven Heavens estate in May and have been wishing time away waiting for the wines to arrive in the UK. The estate’s owner, Ambrogio Cremona Ratti, a young man with dauntless vision, and I stood on the terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, 400m high up in the hills, encircled by lush forests, and he didn’t need to explain to me why the estate was called Seven Heavens. We looked down upon the famous Bolgheri wine region, home to wine giants Sassicaia and Ornellaia.

This situation provides Ambrogio and his dynamic young winemaker Elena Pozzolini with the perfect, cool climate with which to craft his epic wines. The soils are crammed with rocks and minerals, unlike the fertile plains of Bolgheri, and this imbues the wines with aromatic detail and cool, long, fine acidity.

The 2014 Yantra, my wine of the week, is a blend of Cabernet and Merlot and it doesn’t see any oak. It is sensational with buoyant cherry notes and a long, soothing, mineral-spiked finish. Meanwhile, the 2012 Indaco involves Malbec and also oak and it is one of the standout wines of the year. Welcome these wines into your home now, because production is small and this estate is a superstar in the making.

Matthew Jukes, December 2, 2016
A sensational Cabernet/Merlot blend