Gaja Ca’Marcanda Magari is one of three wines made at Gaja’s Ca’Marcanda and sits between the Promis and the Ca’Marcanda itself. The estate is located in the Maremma region in the south of Tuscany. Magari was first released in 2000 and is bottled as a Bolghieri Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP).
Gaja is simply one of the most famous Italian wine producers. The business was founded in 1859 in Langhe, Piedmont by Giovanni Gaja and it is his great grandson, Angelo Gaja, who currently runs the company. They are most famous for classic Piedmont wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Indeed, Angelo has often been referred to as the “King of Barbaresco” and has been responsible for developing techniques that have revolutionised winemaking in Italy.
Gaja bought their first property in Tuscany called Pieve Santa Restituta in 1994 and this was swiftly followed by the second Tuscan property, Ca’Marcanda is located at Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri, in 1996. Whereas the concentration at Pieve Santa Restituta is on more traditional wines, the focus at Ca’Marcanda is on international grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot) and “Super-Tuscan” style blends. The estate now consists of 100 hectare of vineyards.
Gaja Ca’Marcanda Magari is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot grown in Bolghieri on both the rich, dark loam clay soils and the white soils composed of limestone, clay and stones. The vineyard blocks that make up this blend are further away from the nearby sea, closer to the fertile hillside. The climate here is typical Mediterranean maritime characterised by hot summer days with and cool nights freshened by the local sea breezes which blow up a natural corridor between the coast and nearby Corsica. This allows the grapes to mature evenly over a long period, ideal for the grapes. The three varieties are fermented and macerated separately for around 15 days. After 12 months of oak ageing the wines are blended together and left to age in bottle for some months prior to release.
“Magari” means “if only it were true!”, an expression used often in Italian to express desire, hope, and a vision of a bright future.