Muffato della Sala, Castello della Sala – Antinori (0,5cl) IGT Umbria
Appelation: Umbria IGT
Grape: 58% Sauvignon Blanc 24% Grechetto 10% Semillon 5% Riesling 3% Gewurztraminer
Producer: Niccolò Antinori bought the fourteenth-century Castello della Sala in 1940, to provide a source of white wines to match the excellence of his Tuscan reds. With the introduction of Cervaro della Sala in 1987, his dream was fully realised: this is one of Italy’s defining whites, as influential and sought after as Tignanello. The vineyards are planted with a mixture of traditional Italian and international varieties, offering a range of wines from the traditional Orvieto to the mould-breaking IGTs.
Vineyard: The vineyards are situated between 200 and 400 metres above sea level, on soil rich in marine fossils with some clay. The grapes were hand picked in several phases between late October and late November, depending on the progress of the Botrytis cinerea.
Winery: A further selection and light whole-bunch pressing of the grapes were followed by fermentation for eighteen days at 17ºC. The wine was transferred to French oak barrels (Alliers and Tronçais) where it was aged for six months before blending and bottling.
Taste: Rich and complex aromas are followed on the palate by ripe citrus fruits with hints of honeysuckle and spice.
Awards: Two red glasses, Gambero Rosso 2015
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