Grape blend: Malvasia Toscana, Trebbiano Toscano
Aged: 48 months in Caratelli barrels
Alcohol content: 16% vol
Acidity: 7.8 g/l
Residual sugars: 128 g/l
Vin Santo Riserva, a "treasure“ of farmers‘ cellars, has always been a source of pride for those who produce it, because it takes considerable time and effort (even financial) to obtain just a few bottles of such a nectar. In 2016, curiously, the Malvasia produced bunches that were less loosely clustered and contained more juice. The classic process of drying out on racks for about 3 months, left the bunches of Malvasia more dehydrated than the Trebbiano, with a build-up of aromas and sugar (as much as 420 g/l) in the grapes, which were then soft pressed. Before pressing, the dried Malvasia gapes were put into the fermenting Trebbiano must, to let them swell up, extract even more aromatic compounds and increase the quality. Afterwards everything was transferred into 97 litre caratelli barrels where, cemented up to create an airtight seal, the wine aged for 48 months. Only the best caratelli are blended together to create the rare Riserva.
Tasting – Colour: deep amber-yellow with bright gold nuances; dense, almost honey-like in the glass. The nose: sweet aromas with an elegant fresh note; quince jam, vanilla, dates and walnut lead the way in a succession of olfactory shades. In the mouth: soft, enveloping, with distinct woody notes, rich sweetness and an aftertaste of dried fruit.