MORELLINO DI SCANSANO
What is Morellino di Scansano
This red wine comes from the southern part of Tuscany and it is made mostly with Sangiovese , which locally is called “Morellino”, and 15% Merlot. The vineyards are located on a hill at 250 metres on the sea level not far from the Tyrrhenian sea, with a very particular micro climate: long, sunny and bright days, cooler nights freshened by the sea breeze. All these factors contribute to a well structured and balanced wine with soft tannins and a very lively acidity. Even if the making of Morellino goes back for centuries its approach is very modern and pleasant .
Springtime and early Summer were rainy and characterized by low temperatures which were inferior to the normal range. On the other hand August and September with their high temperatures and sunny days have determined an exceptional build-up of sugars and polyphenols and a perfect ripening. The harvest started on September 29th and finished on October 13th.
Before the regular fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C. This process increases colour stability and improves extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 12/13 days at a controlled temperature of 29° – 30° C. This wine had about 6 months of refinement in small/medium oak barrels and stainless steel vats.
Alcohol 13.12% – Tot. Ac. 5.7 g/l – Vol. Ac. 0.34 g/l – Free SO2 26 mg/l – Tot. SO2 38 mg/l – Extracts 27 g/l.
Colour: ruby red with purple hues.
Bouquet: red berries, cherry, scents of myrtle and Mediterranean scrub. Taste: warm with round tannins, fresh and vibrant with a touch of green tobacco in the finish.
Perfect for roasted and grilled meats, for the traditional wild boar casserole dish and for seasoned cheeses. This wine even breaks the rules and becomes an excellent match for fish soups and any fish cooked with spices and tomato sauce. Serve at a temperature of 18° C.
Capacity of aging
4/5 years. Keep the bottles horizontally at a temperature of 12 °- 14° C.