Andrea Costanti has been running this estate for over twenty years and it...
has been in his family for more than 200. It is situated in Colle al Matrichese in the eastern part of the Montalcino zone, just outside the town of Montalcino. It covers 10 hectares of vineyards and benefits from the talents of consultant oenologist Vittorio Fiore. Their style is characterised by the striking elegance and intensity of the best wines from this zone, combining the power of Montalcino with the elegance that comes from vineyards situated at a high altitude.
The grapes for the 'Vermiglio' Rosso di Montalcino come from Costanti's estate in the Brunello appellation. Vineyards are located 310-440 metres above sea level with an ideal exposure. The soil here is 'galestro' with high limestone content. The Sangiovese vines are between 6 and 25 years old and they are planted with a density of between 3,300-5,500 vines per hectare. Andrea Costanti did not make a Brunello in this vintage, so all the high quality grapes that would have usually gone into it were used for this wine. ‘Vermiglio’ was a label Andrea used in the 1990s and brought back for this wine.
An unusually warm winter encouraged early budding with a consequent high risk of frost damage. During spring, rain and relatively high temperatures created risk of downy mildew. Rainfall continued until the beginning of September. The lack of light slowed the ripening process, reducing significantly phenological maturation. Excellent exposure and constant breezes enabled the grapes to reach harvest time in good health and with ideal ripeness. The wines have distinct personality and elegance.
Harvest was carried out in the second week of October 2014. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted approximately two weeks. The wine was aged for 12 months in French tonneaux of five hectolitres and 12 months in Slavonian oak casks of 30 hectolitres.
The Vermiglio shows the classic elegance typical of all Andrea’s wines. It displays alluring aromatics of spices cherries and dark fruits, with good acidity and lovely soft tannins. On the palate it is savoury and intense with a hint of liquorice on the long finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Sangiovese|
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