Perfumed berry, tilled earth, pressed rose, new leather, cake spice and a balsamic note are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this fragrant, delicious red. It is linear, structured and loaded with finesse, delivering ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, liquorice and tobacco. Taut, refined tannins and fresh acidity provide an age-worthy framework.
Sangiovese, a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. It is prized for its high acid, firm tannins and balanced nature. Savoury flavours of dark cherries and black stonefruit are characteristic and may be backed by secondary notes of tomato leaf and dried herbs. The use of oak has become more popular and this coaxes richer flavours from the grapes, tending toward plum and wild raspberry.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Italy’s classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 40km southeast of Siena, in southeastern Tuscany. The key grape variety grown here is Sangiovese (known locally as Prugnolo Gentile). According to DOCG rules, to be labeled as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano a wine must come from vineyards on the hills which surround Montepulciano. This area is made up of slopes reaching 250–600 masl in altitude, located between two rivers – the Ocria and the Chiana.
Made from the oldest vines of the Salco vineyard, the most mature and important of the estate. A field of 2ha, with vines of 29-31 years of age, entirely cultivated with a clone of Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile selected at the winery that, at each harvest, easily reaches a slight overripening.
Fermented in 70hl wood tanks with only indigenous yeasts and without added sulphites. Aged, in equal parts in 300-liter tonneaux and in large botte for 24 months followed by 24 months in bottle before release.