Grape blend: Sangiovese, Trebbiano Toscano
Aged: 5 years in Caratelli barrels
Alcohol content: 16% vol
Acidity: 7.51 g/l
Residual sugars: 130 g/l
The perfect 2015 season also influenced the grapes for the Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice, with healthy, ripe bunches that made selection in the vineyard easier. They were harvested by hand in mid to late September and placed in crates, one beside the other, so that the individual grapes didn‘t get squashed. This was followed, until the beginning of December, by the period of drying out in the winery, during which the grapes loose water, concentrate their sugar content and aromas, and are attacked by noble rot (Botrytis cinerea) which favours development of aroma and olfactory complexity. The must from these grapes - which are almost like raisins - is dense and sweet, and it begins and completes fermentation in caratelli barrels, where it remains for a total of 5 years.
Tasting – Colour: rusty bronze, with brownish tinges and a very slight cloudiness as it ages in the bottle. The nose: all kinds of nuts and dried fruit, from almonds to walnuts and hazelnuts, prunes and dates. In the mouth: harmonious, fully recalling the olfactory sensations, full of sweetness but never sickly-sweet.
Wine and Food Pairing – "Traditional“: sweet Tuscan delicacies such as Cantucci, Brigidini, Buccellato, Castagnaccio and Ricciarelli – "Unusual“: divide some pecorino cheese or Parmigiano into pieces, make a small hole in each one, fill it with a teaspoon of Vin Santo and enjoy!