80% CILEGIOLO, 20% SANGIOVESE
Maremma Toscana Rosso
Vini Montauto, a property founded by Riccardo Lepri’s grandfather some 60 years ago stretches over 200 hectares of sun drenched, soft sloping Tuscan hills. Vines were planted with primarily Vermentino, Trebbiano and a clone of Sauvignon Blanc, selected by Riccardo’s grandfather Enos, an extraordinary man from the older times who supervised everything and guided Riccardo in the farming activities for more than 10 years until 2011 when he passed away at 90 years old.
Elegant violet and cherry aromas and a ruby red color. Dry and fresh on the palate, with firm acidity. A wine with balanced tannin content and a well-balanced structure on the whole.
Grapes come from vineyards that are from 7 to 15 years of age and that produce 1,80 kg of grapes per vine. The land is located 200 m above sea level and 10 km from the coast in the southern part of the Grosseto province, in the inland parts of Maremma. The soil is predominantly clayey and stony and is characterized by sharp temperature variations between day and night. Two grape varieties are harvested separately. The Ciliegiolo grapes are harvested at the beginning of September while the Sangiovese grapes are harvested during the last ten days of September. Both grapes are harvested manually, placed in crates and then taken to the cellar.
Two grape varieties are vinified separately and undergo a destemming and crushing process. Fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 28° C. Maceration on the grape skins for about 15 days and after that refining in stainless steel for 6 months.