Radda in Chianti, Tuscany
15ha. under vine
Sean O’Callaghan, originally from Somerset, South West England, moved to Tuscany in 1991 after studying winemaking in Germany. He was head winemaker at the renowned estate Riecine for 25 years, leaving in 2016 following the estate coming under new ownership. Though not a native, Sean has an unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of the local terroir and microclimates, and a unique affinity with the Sangiovese grape. He is known to his friends as ‘Il Guercio’, meaning ‘one-eyed bandit’, referring to the fact that he was born blind in his right eye, which he credits with giving him a unique perspective on winemaking, and on life in general.
Sean is now in partnership with the Tenuta di Carleone in Radda in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, which has been owned by the Austrian Egger family since 2012. Since then, the land and vineyards have been farmed organically with selected biodynamic treatments
Chianti Classico 2017
60 days’ skin maceration, fermented and aged in steel, cement and wood.
“Massal selection’ on different plots.
60 days maceration in cement. 18 months in tonneau (10% new). a part in concrete and steel
Sangiovese & 5% Merlot
The ‘Super Tuscan’, aged in cement, steel and a small proportion of new French oak tonneaux.
Meticcio 2018 *NEW*
Cabernet Franc & Merlot
Not a tradition but an experience with a Cabernet and Merlot "treated badly”. An extended 4 months maceration for something funky and spicy. Finesse, freshness and drinkability.
Il Guercio 2018
Something different. 100% Sangiovese from the “Mello” vineyard in Gaiole in Chianti, 700 m above sea level. The grapes are picked late to get maximum ripeness from this beautiful high-lying vineyard. Fermented in cement tanks with 20% whole bunches. The very long maceration of 4 months gives this wine a wonderful fruit character, which differentiates it from the more classic styles.
Red Pétillant Naturel to bring something Dark, Inky and Different.
Vinho verde tinto style!