Tua Rita is most famous for Redgaffi, yet their greatness began and continues with their Bordeaux blend, Giusto di Notri, known as the Estate’s ‘soul wine’. Tua Rita is one of Italy’s most exceptional craft winemakers and the standard-bearer for the now dozens of wineries that have come to populate the surrounding region. In 1992 the winery launched their first high end wine, Giusto di Notri. A classic ‘left-bank’ blend that appropriately frames the awesome terroir of the Tuscan coast. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines used in Giusto di Notri are grown on the higher plots where there is a greater pebble fraction, the Merlot, also used in Redigaffi, is grown where the vineyards display more clay. Giusto di Notri is a wine of upmost focus and dedication. In 2018 Giusto di Notri is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, a higher preponderance of Cabernet Sauvignon with approximately 2,500 cases made of this thoroughbred super-Tuscan.

The 2018 vintage in Tuscany has begun establishing itself with quite brilliant scores and reputation for being gracious and pleasurable, with great purity of fruit, elegance and freshness; the region at its very best. Tua Rita Giusto Di Notri has delivered wine set to equal its finest ever, with a score of 95-97 from Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate. Larner states ‘This gorgeous 2018 Giusto di Notri was born beautiful’ displaying ‘Tuscan aromas with wild sage, grilled rosemary and macchia mediterranea shrubs that grow wild in these parts.’ The price on release today of £245 IB per case of six offers immense quality at this price point. This is reflected in a Price Over Points ratio of 31, which for the flagship wine from one of the leading Super-Tuscans is firmly in must-buy territory.

 

Giusto di Notri’s first vintage was in 1992 and as such this year they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their flagship wine. Like Redigaffi the vines are grown 100 metres above sea level in Notri, Suvereto, where the soil is made up of medium textured clay and sand which helps retain water through the warm summers. The soil also has rich micro-elements of iron and zinc which leads to wonderful minerality and fresh acidity. As with Redigaffi, Tua Rita spare no expense with Giusto di Notri, maturing it for 18 months in new and once used French oak barrique. After being bottled in the summer the wine then spends several months in bottle before being released to market.