Villa Antinori bianco

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Trebbiano and Malvasia, 20% Tuscan Chardonnay

Climate

The end of Winter and the beginning of Spring were mild and very dry, which favoured early budding of the vines and accelerated the vegetative cycle - until the stabilising effect of some rainfall in May.
Flowering took place in the same average period as other vintages.
June was very hot and this accelerated the growth of the grapes and of the vegetative cycle by about 10-12 days.
The Summer months were very hot and sunny with temperatures well above average - particularly in July with long periods without any rainfall. This meant that the growth rate of the vines slowed down slightly and, on average, the grapes ripened about a week earlier than in average vintages.
In all the estates a careful thinning of the red variety grapes was carried out during the month of August, in order to ensure that the remaining grapes would ripen in the best conditions.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. The must was then cooled to 10°C in order to induce clarification, and racked into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature that was kept below 18°C. The wine was then transferred and stored for a short period in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 10°C (to preserve its youthful characteristics) and bottled.
Alcohol : 12,0% Vol.

Historical data

Villa Antinori Bianco was first introduced by Niccolò Antinori (Piero's father) with the 1931 vintage; the label had remained unchanged, though it was slightly restyled with the 1989 vintage. Through the decades, Villa Antinori Bianco has become very well known all over the world. In the 1980s, Chardonnay was added to the blend for additional structure. Today the Chardonnay used in this wine comes from the #Monteloro# Vineyards (Antinori property) located to the north of Florence, near Fiesole.

Tasting notes

Brilliant pale straw in colour and dry, fresh and fruity on the palate with good balance.