Syrah Cortona DOC
“Castagnino” is the younger brother of our symbol wine (Il Castagno). It is made only from grapes cultivated in our vineyards, with very low yields per hectare (40 q. from 5.000 vines), strictly selected all over the year, particularly before and during the harvest, hand picked (usually from mid-September) into small 15 kg. boxes with ventilation holes.
The grapes are very gently crushed and destemmed (opening but not crushing the berries), then pumped in temperature–controlled stainless steel tanks, where the slow fermentation is carried out for about 15 days; the following maceration of the skins lasts about two more weeks.
Natural malolactic fermentation (only of the free-run wine, because press wine is never used for production of our wines) is spontaneously inducted; follows a short maturation on lees and ageing period in glass-lined cement vats.
“Castagnino” arises from the desire to experiment at 360 degrees the potential of Syrah grape in Cortona, declined in all its various forms; in this case, we wanted to produce a Syrah with completely different characteristics from those of our flagship product (Il Castagno, his older brother) and that’s why the “Castagnino” is not aged in wood, but only in stainless steel and cement vats.
It is a fresh and fruity wine, the flavour profile with notes of plum, juniper berries, floral and pleasantly herbaceous hints. In the mouth it is tasty, fragrant and balanced, has good structure and good concentration, soft tannins, combined with lively and pleasant acidity.
It intends to be a friendly, easily drinkable but not standardized, very original tuscan and terroir driven Syrah, made with simple, ethical and ecofriendly viticultural methods and winemaking processes, in accordance with the best “technological craftsmanship”.