Villa Antinori bianco

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Trebbiano and Malvasia, 20% Tuscan Chardonnay

Climate

The favorable weather patterns at the beginning of spring favored an early budding of about one week for the various varieties.
All through the spring we had excellent weather, warm temperatures and the right amount of rain, resulting in excellent flowering and the relative vegetal cycle.
This optimal vegetative balance of the vines ended in full ripening between the end of July and the beginning of August, about 7 to 10 days earlier than usual.
The excessive heat wave around mid August, lasting only a week, did not slow down maturation, and the first grapes gathered showed immediate promise of an excellent vintage.
Due to the early ripening of the grapes, we began our "green harvest" just after mid-August, selecting and thinning to eliminate any excessive production. In conclusion, the early harvest coupled with a rainless period of picking allowed us to bring in excellent mature grapes.

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 : 12,5% 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 with intense flowers' aromas. On the palate is fresh and soft.