The traditional wine-making method known as ‘Governo all’uso toscano’ consists of a slow re-fermentation of the wine with the addition of partially-dried grapes. During the delicate ‘appassimento’ period, the bunches have to be kept perfectly healthy so as to produce grapes that are highly concentrated and maintain the wholesomeness of the fruit intact.
Sensory features: Intense ruby red in colour with violet hues. Aromas of red berries, which the specific vinification technique underpins with hints of dried fruit and jam. With considerable structure, soft tannins and a long and lingering finish. The second fermentation using dried grapes confers a slightly sweetish sensation. This is an intense, warm wine with a full and rounded mouth-feel.
Grape varieties: 80% Sangiovese; 15% Merlot & 5% Canaiolo
Harvest: Manual harvest carried out in the second half of September
Vinification: Pressing and de-stemming of the fresh grapes in September, pressing and de-stemming of partially-dried grapes at the beginning of November.
Ageing: in second-use French oak barrels for 10 months, in steel vats for 2 months and in bottle for another 2 months
Best served: This original wine combines the sweet edge of a ‘raisined’ wine with the structured tannins of Sangiovese. These characteristics ensure its versatility: it is excellent with full-flavoured first courses, with meat sauces, but also with matured and marbled cheeses. Its ideal pairing is with game, accompanied with fruit-based sauces and chutneys.
Serve in large glasses at 18° C, opening the bottle an hour prior to consumption.
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 750 ml