Castello di ama
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Castello di Ama’s 65.38 hectares of specialised vineyards, officially enrolled in the Chianti Classico Register, are located at elevations between 390 and 530 metres in calcareous – clay, pebble – rich soils. Part of the vineyards were planted between 1974 and 1978 on old traditional rootstock, at an average density of 3,000 vines per hectare, while newer planting starting in 1996, at a density of 5,300 vines per hectare, grafted on rootstock less vigorous such as 420A,3306,3309,SO4.
The old vines are trained to the open lyre pruned to the Guyot system and the new trained to the double Guyot system. The varieties are mainly Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo and Merlot.
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Vinification and maturation
Between 29 Sept and 12 Oct, following an initial quality selection in the vineyard, the clusters were hand-picked into small 12-kg boxes and brought into the cellar, for a total of some 2.000 quintals. The clusters were quality-graded again on sorting tables, then de-stemmed and pressed. The must, kept separate for each grape variety, fermented in steel at about 30-32°C, with repeated daily punch-downs. A 21-23-day maceration followed, After racking, the 1.400 Hl of wine completed its malolactic fermentation.Towards mid-December, the lots of wine were assembled into the final blend and put into oak barrels, 20% new and the remainder previously used, where it rested for12 months. The wine was then bottled during the month of June 2011 as follows: 22.900 half-bottles, 165.365 bottles, 3.000 magnums, 300 double magnums
Growing season weather conditions
The amount of rainfall in the first four months must be underscored: 317mm. Budbreak in the initial vines held to the norm. The summer months experienced high temperatures and a notable lack of rainfall, and only in September did some rain come, about 50mm for the month, which was providential for the ripening process in all of the varieties. Harvest of the early ripening varieties began at the start of September, followed by mid – month for Merlot,
and finally at the end of the month for the traditional varieties
A ruby red that is at the same time luminous, lively, and intense. The bouquet is composed of wild red berry fruit. A gorgeous, aromatic marriage of fruit and spice mark an impressive attack, in a wine that is overall refined and stylish.