Awards Vintage 2011Merano Wine Festival 2016GoldWine Spectator 201692/100James Suckling 201691/100Wine Advocate 201693/100
Badia a Coltibuono has chosen the excellent 2011 vintage to launch its new wine, Montebello IGT Toscana.
Montebello IGT Toscana is the result of a long research and experimental period in the recovery and growth of historical heirloom grape varieties from Chianti, many of which were rarely cultivated. The nine grape types which make up Montebello IGT Toscana are grown in Monti in Chianti, where Badia a Coltibuono has been cultivating its best vines for centuries.
The 2011 season was memorable for the hot dry summer that resulted in the earliest harvest on record. The grapes were manually sorted to ensure that only perfect quality clusters would be used.
Harvest period: 19th September / 1st October
The harmonious blend of the 9 varietals gives this wine elegance and depth; the intensity and elegance make it pleasurable now but ageworthy.
Altitude and orientation: 280-320m. s.l.m. Sud, S-W
Soil: Clay and limestone rock
Age of vineyard: 16-28 Years old
Training system: Guyot Plant density per hectare: 5000-5500
Grape varieties: Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Fogliatonda and Sangiovese
Harvest: Hand-picked grapes manually sorted at the winery
Vinification: Each varietal is harvested and fermented separately in 500 liter open top barrels with indigenous yeast and manual punchdowns. Aged in barrels at first then assembled for a final maturation in cask.
Ageing: 12-16 months in oak casks, 6 months minimum of bottle age before release
No. of bottles produced: 3,600
Alcoholic content (%): 15
Recommended serving temperature: 18°C
Pairings: Game and beef roasted, stewed or grilled; well aged cheeses; chocolate