The 2019 Randagio of Tenuta Carleone di Castiglioni is yet another twist by Sean O’Callaghan. Il Randagio is a 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot vinified in “Guercio style”: grapes gently pressed with the feet and very long maceration for about 18 months in steel and cement.
It’s all about fantasy and drinking pleasure, for what is affectionately called “Il Guercino”.
Tenuta di Carlone is located on a sunny and gentle slope of Radda in Chianti. The estate extends over 100 hectares of land among woods, olive groves, and 20 hectares of Sangiovese vineyards, some over 60 years old. The vinification is traditional and artisanal, with long macerations, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and the use of whole bunches in concrete and oak vats, old and new.
The people behind this estate are the Austrian businessman Karl Egger and his friend Sean O’Callaghan, aka Il Guercio. A non-interventional winemaking approach is adopted, without commercial yeasts and without clarifying agents. Both organic and biodynamic principles are used in the vineyards.