Carpineto uncorks Chianti

Italian wines with DOCG – the Italian appellation control system – must by law be sealed with a cork. Hence, it’s not possible for a winemaker to seal a Chianti with a screw cap. Carpineto, a large Tuscan producer, has decided to have a joke on the authorities, in true Italian style. It has released a red wine called Spolverino, Italian for feather duster – as in “today’s rooster is tomorrow’s feather duster”. The label depicts a black rooster (the symbol of Chianti) sweeping up corks with a feather duster. It is screw-cap sealed and its name is Carpineto 2010 Spolverino Toscano IGT (pictured). At $18, it’s $2 cheaper than the same maker’s 2010 Chianti Classico, but tastes similar. Its leathery, smoky, animal aromas may challenge purists, while the taste is typical savoury Tuscan sangiovese in style. Carpineto wines are exclusive to Woolworths stores. 

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