Conte della Vipera

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

Sauvignon Blanc with a small quantity of Chardonnay

Climate

The winter was quite cold, particularly the minimum temperatures, while the mild, well-balanced spring weather allowed good foliage development. This year, like the last three years, this phenological phase was slightly delayed.
Fruit setting and flowering took place normally thanks to steady high temperatures. July and August were warm without peaks of heat so the grapes ripened gradually and steadily although they were slightly behind at the time of harvesting. Like 2005 there was plenty of rain enabling the plants to avoid stress due to lack of water in summer. The grapes ripened healthily without damage from the rain in August.
The Sauvignon harvest began in late August when the grapes were healthy and rich in aromas. The Chardonnay harvest began in the third week of August when the grapes showed perfect balance of sugars and polyphenolic substances.

Vinification

The best batches of Sauvignon Blanc were selected during the harvest from the Castello della Sala vineyards, situated at altitudes of 200 - 400m a.s.l., on sedimentary soil rich in fossils with infiltrations of clay. Immediately after picking the grapes were transferred into a refrigerated conveyor to keep them cold before crushing (important in order to preserve the varietal features intact). After soft crushing the must was kept at a temperature of 10°C to obtain natural clarification and then into stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature (maximum 16°C) where alcoholic fermentation took place. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete the wine remained at a low temperature (about 10%) to prevent malolactic fermentation from occurring and to preserve the natural organoleptic features. The Sauvignon Blanc was then blended with a small quantity of Chardonnay fermented in oak (without malolactic fermentation) from the best batches of Chardonnay grown at Castello della Sala. Alcohol : 12.5% Vol.

Historical data

The wine takes its name from the first owners of Castello della Sala and the label shows a drawing of the 15th century chapel of San Giovanni on the property. The first vintage of Conte della Vipera was 1997.

Tasting notes

Very intense, fruity aromas deriving from the combination of varietal features of the two grapes. Stylish, soft and well-structured with aromas echoed nicely on the palate.