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I thought I would start of my wine reviews with one of my all time favourite wines from Italy.

The Antinori Solaia 2006 is not only regarded as the original Super Tuscan’s, but well deserves its status as a world Icon wine.

The style of wine was produced for the first time by the Antinori family in Firenze, Italy, when they broke away from the age-old Chianti mold. By blending wine produced from a variety of cultivar’s that was vinified in 225 liter new French barrels they produced a wine in Tuscany that could only be classified as a “table wine”.

The 2006 is a blend of:

  • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon,
  • 20% Sangiovese, and
  • 5% Cabernet franc
The result is an intense deep ruby-red colour with a very youthful purple collar on the edge of the rim.
On the palate you pick up on Eucalyptus from the Cab, but wonderfully in balance with an abundance of berries, red stone fruit and classy oak tones, lending it, its multi dimensional character .
The wine is perfectly  rounded with an even palate weight throughout. It is both soft and velvety, with a long and pleasant back palate.
This wine should age perfectly for enjoyment even in 2025.
A first class wine that is capable of shaming its competition at even double the price.
I rate this wine a 92/100.
And if I earned more, I would certainly consider it of somewhat of a bargain at ZAR 3342-00.