Grapes: 35% Sangiovese grapes from Frescobaldi’s Castelgiocondo Estate in Montalcino and 50% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Frescobaldi’s Castiglioni estate situated 20KM southwest of Florence.
Vineyard: 300 hectares Altitude: 240M – 400M Age of vines: 30 years
Soil: Galestro at Castelgiocondo and sandstone rich in clay at Castiglioni
Pruning: Low spurred cordon Yield: 45 HL per Hectare
Harvest: By Hand - Sangiovese and Cabernet : end of September - Merlot : mid September
Winemaking: The grapes were hand selected and then softly pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 30C. Fermentation lasted 12 days and maceration 23 days. Malolactic fermentation took place immediately after alcoholic fermentation
Ageing: 12 months in French oak barriques– (55% new, 45% used once) and 5% new American oak ) followed by a further 8 months in bottle prior to release.
Serve: At room temperature to accompany sautéed beef, roast pigeon and medium-aged cheese, .
Colour: Intense ruby red in colour.
Taste: A lovely, complex and intense wine with supple tannins. Sweet ripe fruit with complementing vanilla oak made in an international style.