Castello Vicchiomaggio Merlot Toscana IGT FSM Tuscany 2013

£444.65

3 Bottles (£148.21 bottle)

VAT included

Brooding and complex, this wine shows herbal and gamey flavours while retaining lovely elegance and finesse.. Rich aromas of ripe berries and cherries, lead to a full bodied palate with smooth silky tannins, a firm acidity and a long, elegant finish. Presented in a wooden box. 

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Brooding and complex, this wine shows herbal and gamey flavours while retaining lovely elegance and finesse.
Producer Note
The historical origins of Castello Vicchiomaggio can be traced back to the 5th century. The present owners, the Matta family, acquired the property in 1964 and restored it back to its former splendour. The estate, with 150 hectares, is one of the largest in the area, and of these, 32 hectares are dedicated to the vine. Castello Vicchiomaggio produces several styles of wine, from the traditional to the innovative. In order to achieve this, the estate has been carefully classified according to its soil type and exposure. All production and winemaking is supervised by John Matta. The hallmark of John's wines is elegance, perfumed, stylish and all have beautiful balance. These wines truly show off the Sangiovese grape at its best. Vicchiomaggio is consistently classified amongst Italy's top estates and John Matta has been named IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 14 years. Vineyard
The FSM project was born in 1994 when John Matta identified the need for a totally new wine. The estate was already producing a highly acclaimed 100% Sangiovese (Vigna La Prima) but John Matta knew that something else was needed. Three grape varieties were considered and studied: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Much consideration was given to Castello Vicchiomaggio's microclimate, the vineyard's location at 293 metres above sea-level on a south-facing slope and the heavy clay soils. The decision was made to plant Merlot. The plot of four hectares was selected and land preparations began in 1996. The care and attention given to a vineyard during its first few years is crucial, so they planted carefully over a period of five years, from 1999 to 2003 inclusive. Known as Frederico Secondo Matta vineyard (FSM) after John Matta's father, the first available vintage was 2004. Planted to a density of 5,000 vines per hectare, the now 15 year old vines are trained in single spur pruned cordon and strict pruning restricts the yields to just 2,500 litres per hectare, which is very low. The harvest period takes place during the first half of September. Winemaking
The grapes were carefully sorted and destemmed. After three weeks maceration in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, a malolactic fermentation took place in one year old barriques. The wine was aged in the same barriques for 29 months, followed by 12 months in bottle prior to release. Accepted wisdom states that quality wine comes from older vines, FSM however is produced from young vines, a fact that John Matta likes to make known. Tasting Note
An uncompromising wine, definitely Merlot but with all the flavours and charm of Tuscany. Rich aromas of ripe berries and cherries, lead to a full bodied palate with smooth silky tannins, a firm acidity and a long, elegant finish. Presented in a wooden box. Serving Suggestion
An exquisite red which is a treat with red meat dishes and fine cheese. FSM can be enjoyed when released, usually when it is at least 3 years old, further cellar age however will definitely enhance all the wine's characteristics.

Country - Italy

Region - Tuscany

Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Castello Vicchiomaggio

Tasting notes - An uncompromising wine, definitely Merlot but with all the flavours and charm of Tuscany. Rich aromas of ripe berries and cherries, lead to a full bodied palate with smooth silky tannins, a firm acidity and a long, elegant finish. Presented in a wooden box.

Castello  Vicchiomaggio  Merlot Toscana IGT FSM Tuscany 2013

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Data sheet

Vintage
2013
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
3 Bottles