Andrew Guard

2016 IGT Colline Savonesi Rosso 'Bansigu', Azienda Agricola Bruna

Bansigu, the Ligurian dialect word for “swing”, is a red, Mediterranean-style wine, made from carefully selected Granaccia, Rossese, Barbera and Cinsault grapes. This is fermented and aged in tank only. Francesca and Roberto have two adopted children, one from Peru and one from Russia and this label is dedicated to them.

Fresh cherry red, with ruby-red nuances. Intense and intriguing on the nose with notes of wild rose, wild strawberry, plum and raspberry. Light and racy on the palate, fresh and fruity on the finish. The lovely fruity, spicy flavours are moreish and tantalising - this is a very delicious wine.

Established in 1970 by Riccardo Bruna, Azienda Agricola Bruna is a tiny 7.5 hectare estate consisting of a few specific vineyard plots, all planted on terraced vineyards hewn out of the mountainside at about 250 meters above sea level and only 15km from the Mediterranean. This area is very beautiful and remote and is known for its production of olives, cherries and aromatic herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and sage.

Bruna is currently run by Riccardo’s daughter Francesca and her husband, Roberto. Having spent some time with both of them it is easy to see why the quaity of the wines is so exceptional - there is careful thought, attention to detail, reflection and respect evident in all they do. The estate has worked organically since 2009.

These are rare but very wonderful wines.