Villa Antinori bianco

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Trebbiano and Malvasia, 20% Tuscan Chardonnay

Climate

After a rainy and fairly cold autumn and winter, spring and summer 2003 will certainly be remembered as among the hottest and driest in recent years. Thanks to the dry, mild weather in spring, budding was promising and slightly earlier than average for all varieties and the conditions were subsequently excellent for flowering and fruit setting. From June onwards throughout the summer the weather conditions were unusual with very high temperatures and absolutely no rain. As a consequence, the grapes ripened early and immediately after 15th August the earliest ripening varieties showed very high sugar levels, due to a sort of natural auto-concentration. Production quantities were slightly lower due to the lack of water, especially where emergency watering was not possible. This trend continued steadily during the harvesting period, allowing us to wait for the best moment to pick the fruit, thus avoiding risks of damage to the 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.

Tasting notes

Brilliant pale straw in colour with intense flowers' aromas. On the palate is fresh and soft.