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Salcheto, Chianti Colli Senesi 2019
Sangiovese 85%, Canaiolo 8%, Mammolo 7%
The Chianti Biskero wafts from the glass with dark red cherries, licorice, crushed flowers and spices. It is an attractive, mid-weight Chianti best suited for drinking over the next 2-3 years.
Salcheto is certified Organic. The grapes are hand harvested, treating them gently and with care. No sulphites are used in the production of this wine and native yeasts are used for fermentation. Once the wine has been through fermentation, 30% of it is put in to 300 litre American oak Tonneaux to mature for a period of 4 months. The wine is then given a further 3 months to refine in bottle before release.
Salcheto is named after the Salcheto stream that runs through this hilly, 21 hectare property. Located in the heart of Montepulciano, Salcheto is dedicated to Sangiovese in the clonal guise of Prugnolo Gentile: the soul of Vino Nobile. Prugnolo Gentile differs from other Sangiovese clones in Tuscany offering softer, more plum-like flavours than the usual black cherry. If we are allowed a sweeping generalisation, Prugnolo Gentile provides a mid-ground between the robustness of Brunello and the elegance of Chianti. Under the management of Michele Manelli, Salcheto has become the epitome of environmental efficiency. It is the first estate in the whole of Italy to be fully self-sustainable and their energy independent cellars are a model of innovation and efficiency. Even the bottles they use are the lightest and most economically friendly bottles available! All Salchetos wines are made without the use of sulphites and fermented using indigenous yeasts. The Vino Nobile is made from 100% Prugnolo Gentile, while their Chianti contains Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo, and Mammolo. . Salchetos range all share accuracy, a great deal of finesse, and phenomenal drinkability.