WINE OF THE MONTH Happinez wine of the month of December 2019Chianti Classico 2016GabbianoTuscanyItalyGlass 9Bottle 42Grape variety: 90% Sangiovese and 10% MerlotWine region: TuscanyWine making: Fruit for this wine was sourced from estate and premium vineyards located in Tuscany's prized chianti classico wine growing region. Immediately following harvest, maceration on the skins was enlisted for 15 days at controlled temperatures to extract maximum colour and flavour compounds. Natural malolactic fermentation followed to round out the wine while retaining its natural acidity and freshness. Most of the wine (60%) was aged for 10 months in French oak casks, with a smaller amount (20%) aged in neutral small oak barrels for 8 - 9 months. The remaining wine (20%) matured in cement tanks for 10 months. Aging in this manner provided a diverse range of flavours and textures with which to craft the final blend.Tasting notes: Classic red cherry flavours and notes of white pepper and nutmeg creating a well-balanced wine with juicy acidity and freshness.