Rosso di Montepulciano
|Category:||Wine – Still – Red|
|Grape variety:||Sangiovese, Merlot|
|Appellation:||Rosso di Montepulciano|
|Producer:||Azienda Agricola Canneto|
The Canneto vineyard, on the western slopes of Montepulciano, near the wonderful church of Madonna di San Biagio, has a long tradition of wine making. Since the purchase the current Swiss owners have restored the buildings with great respect for the rich wine growing tradition. A new wine cellar has been built, new machinery and equipment installed and the vines and olive trees have been pruned and when necessary replaced.
The vineyard covers some 48 hectares, of which about 26 hectares are planted with vines. Fifteen hectares are registered for the Vino Nobile. The vines are grown on moderately heavy, pebbly mar soil between 350 and 400 metres above sea level. The vines are raised on predominantly south west facing slopes in a horizontal spurred cordon system. A further four hectares of land is devoted to the cultivation of olives for extra virgin olive oil.
THE VINEYARDS Grapes: Sangiovese 80%, Merlot 20%
Harvest time: 25th to 30th September (Merlot); 10th to 15th October (Sangiovese)
Type of harvest: hand selection of grapes Soil type: medium, loose Altitude: 300/400 meters a.s.l Orientation: South-West Area of vineyards: 26 hectares
Average of vineyards: 14 years Training system: horizontal spurred cordonPlanting density: 5.200 vines per hectareGrape production: 80 quintals per hectare.
THE CELLAR Vinification method: the grapes are de-stemmed, soft pressed and subsequently fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature with the
addition of selected yeasts.The maceration lasts 10 days. Ageing method: ageing takes place in steel vats for 6 months, followed by at least 3 months in bottle. AT TABLE Pairing: Rosso di Montepulciano is suitable throughout the meal but particularly indicated for pasta with Bolognese sauce and red and white meat dishes.