||Castiglion del Bosco
||Brunello di Montalcino, Italy
||Garnet-flecked ruby red
||Generous, emphatic fragrances classic to Sangiovese, developing a near-endless progression notable for its beautiful balance.
||Complexity, superb structure, and an inviting, mouth-filling palate are the hallmarks of this Sangiovese grown in the 42-hectare Capanna vineyard facing towards the Mediterranean sea
Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate. The estate, with 62 hectares of vineyards (51 of which are permitted for Brunello production) is located in the Val d’Orcia National Park, a UNESCO site, to the north west of Montalcino, near Buonconvento. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.
The grapes are grown in the ‘Capanna’ vineyard, which covers 42 hectares and is planted a density of 4,500-5,600 vines per hectare. The vines are spur pruned, cordon trained and Guyot. The vineyard is located at 350-450 metres, facing south/south west towards the Tyrrhenian coast, from which arrives a constant breeze that reduces humidity. The soil is ‘Galestro’ formed of layers of sandstone and clay, which is rich in limestone giving finesse, aromatics and complexity to the wines and the potential to age.
The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunches are pressed. The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 28° for 18 days. After fermentation, the juice is matured in French barriques, 20% new and 80% first and second passage, for 24 months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further 12 months in bottle before release.
Cecilia Leoneschi, winemaker at Castiglion del Bosco, comments on the vintage:
“2015 was characterized by impeccable weather conditions. A cool and rainy spring gave the vines the right vegetative push and secured a good water reserve which was ideal for the summer months characterised by high temperatures and limited rainfall. Optimal range of temperatures in September contributed to a slow and complete polyphenolic ripening. The cool breezes in the weeks leading up to harvest resulted in perfect aromatic concentration and ideal tannic maturation. Our trusted team handpicked the fruit that was exceptionally healthy, boasting small bunches and sparse berries, while the sugar content and acidity were exceptional.
Harvest started on 19th September; earlier than previous years. The variety of the soils and the various altitudes of the vineyards provided an excellent blend of grapes boasting different characteristics.
All these features make vintage 2015 a vintage to be remembered for its superb quality!”
Excellent with stews, roasted meats and cheese.