Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Il Borro was purchase by Ferruccio Ferragamo (the son of Salvatore Ferragamo who passed away in 1960) in 1993. A few years after acquiring the medieval hillstop village and surrounding 1700 acres, extensive renovations and refurbishing transformed the buildings into a luxury destination resort hotel and spa. Then attention was shifted to viticulture as the property has a rich history going back to the early 1600s. Since launching the Il Borro label in 1999, the property and its vintages have continued to gain fame and notoriety under the guidance of Ferruccio’s son, Salvatore Ferragamo. Long famous for their iconic Italian fashion house, the attention-to-detail in all they do is evident throughout the organically farmed and certified 117 acres of vineyards. And 2015 Il Borro Rosso IGT is the very finest wine the property has ever produced!
“This robust Tuscan blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah is Il Borro’s flagship wine. The 2015 Il Borro is an important and thickly enriched expression that shows ample power and muscle but remains elegantly modulated and contoured at the same time. The bouquet opens to dark fruit, blackberry, prune, spice, leather and tar. In the mouth, this wine is richly textured, velvety and concentrated, and it delivers balanced tannins and acidity. Il Borro has beautifully captured the warmth and exuberance of the terrific 2015 vintage …. The Ferragamo family owns the beautiful Il Borro property and has converted the vineyards over to certified organic farming.” – 96 points, Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (May 2019)
“This is the best Il Borro to date with fantastic blackberry, blueberry and sandalwood aromas that follow through to a full body with masses of fruit. Yet, it remains bright and linear down the center palate. A rich and toned wine. 50 per cent merlot, 35 per cent cabernet and 15 per cent syrah. From organically grown grapes. Needs four or five years to come around. Best in 2022.” – 97 points, James Suckling
I was blown away by this wine's bold gracefulness, almost as if it was designed by the legendary man himself. One bottle opened by a small group of curious regulars this last Saturday at the tasting bar, turned into a total of three bottles as everyone just could not get enough of it. Talk about SWOON wine! Yin Yang all the way.....harmony and balance, supple with a deft finesse, but then flamboyantly rich yet restrained. Total class and elegance! A very special wine meant to impress....and that it does. This is the highest rated Il Borro ever.
The vineyards are planted at a density of 4.500 vines per hectare and at an average height of 300 meters above sea level. The ‘Vendage’ (literally the harvesting of the grapes) takes place at the end of August. Each plant produces up to 1kg of grapes or 4500 kg of grapes per hectare yielding about 3,000 litres of wine.
The grapes are harvested, destemmed and sorted by hand and then pressed and gravity-fed into vinification tanks. Each variety of grape is processed individually.
On the first day of fermentation during vinification, 10 to 20% of the liquid is removed from the tanks to increase concentration. Maceration, the process by which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing, takes about 22 days in the stainless-steel tanks at a temperature controlled 28°C. The last stage is alcoholic fermentation which takes around 10 days on average after which the wine is decanted in to barrels.
From these older barrels the wine is siphoned in to new Allier Oak barrels, a procedure known as racking. After the malolactic fermentation the grape varieties are blended. The wine is then left to mature in casks for at least 18 months after which it is filtered and bottled. The wines is age 8 months for a final maturation before release.