Carpineto Poggio Sant Enrico Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £218.56
Country - Italy
Region - Tuscany
Grape Varieties - Sangiovese 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Carpineto
Tasting notes - Bold and intense, this mature and powerful wine, shows pronounced black fruit aromas, combined with ripe plum, black pepper, walnuts and a hint of black pepper. With great intensity of colour and flavour, the fine integrated tannins underpin the complex palate and lead to a long and powerful finish.
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A mature wine, intense with opulent earthy and gamey flavours and a long and savoury finish. Quite superb.
Carpineto was founded in 1967 by Antonio Zaccheo and Giovanni Sacchet and farms 424 hectares of land spread over four estates among Tuscany's most
prestigious appellations. The original aim of the producers - to produce modern, world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation (a radical departure when most Chianti was still produced in the traditional wine-making style) - has been admirably fulfilled. Pioneers of internationalism of Tuscany, the Dogajolo is a great example of this ethos of action. Carpineto has been named IWSC Italian Wine Producer Of The Year in 2003 and was the first ever Italian winery ever to win the IWSC International Winemaker Of The Year Trophy in 1994. Antonio Zaccheo is now aided by his son Antonio and daughter Francesca, who both previously worked in the wine trade in the USA. Giovanni Sacchet's daughter, Caterina, has recently joined the Carpineto winemaking team after finishing her viticulture and oenology degree.
The 2009 vintage saw a wet winter with abundant rainfall, regular weather followed during spring with hot temperatures in May, encouraging early vine growth. High rainfall in June enabled water reserves to be established in the soils, which helped the vines to endure a very hot August with temperatures reaching 40°C. Nights were cooler, helping to preserve freshness in the grapes. Wines from 2009 are balanced and elegant.
This wine is produced from 100% Sangiovese fruit from the 1.33 hectare Poggio di Sant'Enrico Piccolo vineyard and the 3.65 hectare Poggio Sant'Enrico Grande vineyards. These are limited single vineyards situated at between 300 and 350 metres in elevation on Carpineto's Chianciano Estate in Montepulciano, with southern exposures on rolling hillsides. The Piccolo vineyard was planted in 1978, and the Grande vineyard was planted in 1995 at a density of 4,464 vines per hectare. The vines are trained to a bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning. The grapes are clone SS-F9-A, on a 420A rootstock which are grown in a deep sedimentary soil with sandy clay and limestone.
The grapes were fermented in small lots at temperatures of between 25 to 30°C using indigenous, wild yeasts. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and was followed by 12 days of maceration with frequent aerations, pump overs and punch-downs for optimum polyphenolic extraction. Malolactic fermentation took place simultaneously. The young wine was then aged in new French and American oak barrels for 13 months. The wine was bottled unfiltered and left to rest in underground cellars at a constant temperature for approximately four years prior to release.
Bold and intense, this mature and powerful wine, shows pronounced black fruit aromas, combined with ripe plum, black pepper, walnuts and a hint of black pepper. With great intensity of colour and flavour, the fine integrated tannins underpin the complex palate and lead to a long and powerful finish.
The wine has the intensity of flavour to accompany roasted and flame-grilled meats, especially "Fiorentina style" T-bone steak.
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