Region: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany
Very good ruby- red colour. Bouquet reminiscent of red & black berry fruits, dark chocolate and walnuts. An opulent wine of great complexity. It is ripe, with lovely oak well-integrated and super acidity to balance. A long, fantailed finish. ( Caroline – April 2018 )
The historical origins of Castello Vicchiomaggio can be traced back to the 5th century. The present owners, the Matta family, acquired the property in 1964 and restored it back to its former splendour. The estate, with 150 hectares, is one of the largest in the area, and of these, 32 hectares are dedicated to the vine. Castello Vicchiomaggio produces several styles of wine, from the traditional to the innovative. In order to achieve this, the estate has been carefully classified according to its soil type and exposure. All production and winemaking is supervised by John Matta. The hallmark of John’s wines is elegance, perfumed, stylish and all with beautiful balance. These wines truly show off the Sangiovese grape at its best. Vicchiomaggio is consistently classified amongst Italy’s top estates and John Matta has been named IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 14 years.
Vineyard: The grapes are sourced from the Agostino Petri vineyard. Grapes: Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Canaiolo 5%. The vines are trained on the cordon system and are grown in a marl and clay soil.
Winemaking: Fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks with medium length maceration on skins. Matured in French oak barriques for six months and then in large oak barrels (25-50hl) for a further nine months.
Serve at room temperature to accompany roast or grilled meats, game and Tuscan bean stews