Brunello di Montalcino, 2008

  Poggio Antico

£170.00 for 6x75cl
1 cs
 
£183.39 for 6x75cl
1 cs
 
Brunello di Montalcino

Juicy, fine red fruits; crisp, focused and refreshing. Taut but easy, offering engaging long flavours of cherry, redcurrant strawberry and damson.
From vines that face south 450 metres above sea level, therefore ranking among some of the highest in Montalcino, Poggio Antico make
refreshing pure and elegant Brunellos. This cuvée is aged for three years in large Slavonian oak cask.

Contains Sulphites.

About Poggio Antico

The estate was originally purchased in 1984 by Giancarlo and Nuccia Gloder, from Milan, who had fallen in love with the wines of Montalcino and the unique beauty and geographical position of Poggio Antico. Located at an average altitude of approximately 450 metres above sea level, Poggio Antico, is one of the highest altitude estate's of Brunello. This highly privileged position and sunny vineyards facing south to southwest guarantee optimum growing conditions, and afford the grapes a great natural balance between sugar and acidity.Yields are kept intentionally, nearly half the amount stipulated by law for Brunello di Montalcino. Short pruning, de budding, green harvests and a pre harvest de-selection, not to mention a double sorting in the winery, all ensure that only concentrated, pristine grapes are used for their wines. A new cellar was built in 2002, old cylindrical vats were replaced by truncated cone-shaped stainless steel tanks which allow for a more gentle extraction. Depending on the Cuvee the wines are either aged in large Slavonian oak barrels and / or French 500-litre tonneaux. Intense pure and elegant Brunellos.

Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino

An important Tuscan DOCG known for the production of intensely powerful red wines made from the Brunello clone of Sangiovese which reaches levels of richness and structure not found elsewhere in Tuscany. The climate is arid and warm though cooled by a maritime breeze from the south west. The zone is essentialy split into two: a warmer southern region that producers earlier drinking, fuller wines, and the Northern, higher altitude zone on Galestro soils that produces more aromatic, finer examples. Brunello di Montalcino wines are released four years after the harvest, following extended ageing in cask, normally around three years. Rosso di Montalcino is the younger stablemate of Brunello; always 100% Sangiovese but bottled and released after only one year of ageing. Rossos are usually lighter and more approachable young than the famously long lived Brunellos.

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.