When We Dance Chianti
Named after another of Sting’s songs, the latest addition to the Tenuta il Palagio cellar is When We Dance, a DOCG Chianti, made predominantly with Sangiovese, with small quantities of Canaiolo and Colorino. It is a great value Chianti that has true class in abundence.
90 Points - James Suckling, 'A fun and delicious red. Aromas of flowers and light spice with some dried fruits and green olives. Light body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Easy and juicy. Nicely done for the vintage. Serve this slightly chilled. Made from organically grown grapes at the estate of singer-songwriter Sting.' JamesSuckling.com November 2016 (2014 vintage)
Recommended by Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday, 'My best-value celebrity tipple comes from the Tenuta il Palagio Tuscan estate that was restored by Sting and Trudie. The cherry-like tang of authentic Chianti is spot on with Italian dishes' August 2015 (2012 vintage)
Recommended by Jamie Goode in the Sunday Express, Jan 2014 (2012 vintage)
Tenuta Il Palagio
Il Palagio is the 350 hectare Tuscan estate owned by musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Much of the land is given over to forest, incorporating some beautiful lakes. There is also a 2 hectare kitchen garden and several bee hives. The estate has always been farmed, ever since its early days in the 16th Century. When Sting and Trudie first came across the estate in 1999, it had by then fallen into a state of disrepair. They set about the task of lovingly restoring the house, the outbuildings and the land to their former glory. Sting has assembled a dream team to maximise the natural qualities of his estate, with consultant Alan York giving viticultural advice (the entire estate is run biodynamically), Paolo Caciorgna overseeing the winemaking and terroir with Paolo Rossi, as estate manager, looking after the land and its plants.
From the mid-1500s Il Palagio has harvested, fermented and bottled its own wines. Sting and Trudie have gone to great lengths to keep the tradition alive. Using biodynamic farming methods, they have replanted 11 hectares of vineyards since 2000. Resulting in a number of fine Tuscan red wines including Casino delle Vie, Sister Moon and When We Dance. Grape varieties cultivated here include the classic Tuscan red grapes Sangiovese, Canaiolo & Colorino as well as the more internationally renowned Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. The wines are matured in either stainless steel tanks or in new French barriques.