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 uncertain spring has led to a reduction of yields. The favorable temperatures in July and September favored a perfect maturation of the grapes. Lower yields but good quality.
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.
Harvest period: 16th September / 11th 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: 18-29 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: 3,500
Alcoholic content (%): 15
Recommended serving temperature: 18°C
Pairings: Game and beef roasted, stewed or grilled; well aged cheeses; chocolate