Conte della Vipera

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

Sauvignon Blanc with a small percentage of Chardonnay

Climate

A mild winter with temperatures rarely dropping below 0°C. Thanks to sunny, balanced spring weather with mild temperatures and no rain, foliage developed well and about 2 weeks earlier than the previous year. This made it necessary for normally consecutive vineyard procedures to be carried out simultaneously.
July and August were hot with excellent night-day temperature variation but no extreme temperature peaks so the grapes ripened gradually and evenly and earlier than usual in smaller quantities due to the lack of rain and steady temperatures during the ripening period.
When picked, the grapes were very healthy. The Sauvignon Blanc harvest took place in the last ten days of August, about ten days after the Chardonnay. The grapes had a good sugar content and well-balanced acidity with very nice expression of the typical Sauvignon Blanc aromas.

Vinification

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were selected on harvesting according to sugar concentration and expression of varietal aromas. The vineyards used for Conte della Vipera are situated at altitudes between 250 and 350 m a.s.l. on soil rich in marine fossils and streaked with clay which increases the minerally sensations and tanginess of the grapes. After picking the grapes were immediately taken to the cellar and chilled in a refrigerated conveyor to lower the temperature before crushing (this is important in order to preserve the varietal features). Part of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes were cold macerated for a few hours in special vats to obtain the maximum extraction of aromas from the skins. After soft crushing the must was kept at a temperature of 10°C for several hours for natural clarification before fermentation. It was then racked into stainless steel vats where alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature no higher than 16°C. After alcoholic fermentation the wine was kept at a low temperature (about 10°C) to prevent malolactic fermentation and preserve the organoleptic features. The Sauvignon Blanc was then blended with a small quantity of Chardonnay, fermented in oak without malolactic fermentation. Alcohol : 13 % Vol.

Historical data

The wine takes its name from the first owners of Castello della Sala and the label shows a drawing of the 15° century chapel of St. John on the property. The first vintage of Conte della Vipera was produced in 1997.

Tasting notes

Intense aromas evocative of the grape variety. Stylish, mineral and tangy with good structure.