Conte della Vipera

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

Sauvignon Blanc with a small percentage of Chardonnay

Climate

Autumn 2004 was mild with much more and heavier rain than previous years.
The very cold winter caused the vines to recover their vegetation later than usual.
The mild, dry weather after flowering permitted good fruit-setting. In July maximum temperatures reached 35° C, accelerating veraison, while in August the mild temperatures and frequent rain resulted in slow, steady ripening. The chardonnay harvest began in late August and continued throughout the month of September. The lack of rain in summer meant that the grapes were perfectly healthy at the time of harvesting with excellent balance between sugars and polyphenolic substances.

Vinification

At harvest time, a careful selection was made of the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes coming from the vineyards of Castello della Sala planted at between 650 and 1,300 feet above sea-level in soils derived from fossiliferous marine sediments with some clay. Once picked, the grapes were immediatly transferred to a special refrigerated conveyer to cool them down before their arrival at the press (this is important in mantaining the varietal characteristics). Immediately after a soft pressing, the must was kept at a temperature of 10°C to obtain a natural clarification. The must was then racked into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature 16 - 18°C. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine was stored at a low temperature (about 10°C) in order to avoid the malolactic fermentation. Then a small quantity of Chardonnay wine was blended to the Sauvignon Blanc. This Chardonnay, grown on Castello della Sala, was carefully selected and its alcoholic fermentation took place in barrels (and its malolactic fermentation was avoided).
Alcohol : 12,5% Vol.

Historical data

The wine is named after the original owners of #Castello della Sala# and the label depicts a drawing of the San Giovanni Chapel (built in XV° century) which is situated on the estate. The first vintage to be released was the 1997.

Tasting notes

Intensely fruity aromas deriving from the union of the two grape varieties. On the palate well-structured and velvety with a finish that strongly reflects its aromas.