Castello di ama
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC
Vinsanto is made from a selection of the best Malvasia Bianca and Trebbiano grapes from the La Casuccia vineyard. Only one or two clusters at most from each vine are used to make the wine and harvesting is extremely meticulous, checking the state of health and ripeness of all the grapes. To ensure the fruit is not damaged on its way to the drying rooms, it is collected in small crates. The grapes are left to dry until the sugar concentration reaches at least 350g/l, after which they are pressed. The juice, which has a very high sugar content, is left to ferment and mature in French oak barriques, on average for about five years. The ratio of grapes picked to Vinsanto bottled is about 1:5.
Vinification and maturation
The grapes were left to dry in garlands of clusters arranged in special, moisture-free, well-aired rooms, until they acquired the right sugar concentration. The fruit and the stalks were then crushed and pressed gently. After an initial static racking off the lees, the must was transferred to used Allier oak barriques of about 200 litres each. Fermentation progressed in the traditional way, with alternating stages until it stopped spontaneously. This wine was bottled on 13 June 2015, producing 3,500 standard Bordeaux half-bottles.
Growing season weather conditions
In early April, with the first real sunshine, the vines showed signs of life. During May, temperatures were above seasonal average and this fostered vegetation growth. June and July were very warm, with little rain, so the vines continued to flourish ahead of time. There was no rain in August and some days tropical temperatures were recorded. These conditions further accentuated maturation that was already well ahead of time. A drop in temperatures made it possible to delay harvest. Start of harvest was decided only after numerous samples were taken for sensory analysis in the vineyard and in the laboratory. Harvest was entirely by hand, on 15–16 September, filling 10–12kg crates, followed by inspection on a sorting bench.
Colour: brilliant amber-hued yellow with golden nuances. Nose: fruity with apricot and dried fruit notes. Mouth: truly elegant and refined, with good acid verve and a moderate sugar content flanked by well-balanced alcohol. An eclectic meditation wine, perfect not only for pairing with desserts but also as an aperitif or served with ripe cheeses.