Owner Paola De Ferrari Corradi, sons Luca and Nicolo, and star oenologist Maurizio Castelli celebrate a gorgeous style of wine that is vinosity itself, at once combining richness and complexity.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, ‘king of all wines’ according to poet Francesco Redi in the 17th century, bears a family resemblance to both Chianti Classico and Brunello, as it is made from clone of Sangiovese that, in this region, is known as Prugnolo Gentile.
The ‘classic’ wine of the estate is a blend of 85% Prugnolo Gentile with Colorino, Canaiolo and Mammolo from clones of their own old vineyards. Aged 24 months in a combination of barrel, tonneaux and barrique, the wine is structured with classic blueberry and plum evolving to violets. Complex and elegant, there are notes of dried herbs, earth and leather, the palate flavourful with plummy fruit made supple by silky tannins.
The etichetta bianca or ‘white label’ Riserva makes a welcome return with the stellar 2010 vintage. It was last made in 1992 and then the vineyards were re-selected and replanted. With a nod to the Vino Nobile of the 1970’s and 80’s, this is 88% Prugnolo and 12% Colorino from 20+ year old vines. This is packed with red berry and cherry fruit, spice, herbs and liquorice, the palate structured and complex. Nocio is a blockbuster single vineyard Prugnolo with enormous concentration and complexity whose ageing potential is measured in decades. Importantly, it is also Michael Trembath’s favourite wine!