Villa Antinori bianco

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Trebbiano and Malvasia, 20% Tuscan Chardonnay

Climate

Heavy rain in autumn 2003 enabled the soil layers to restabilize after the testing summer drought. The winter was cold and rainy with repeated fairly heavy snowfall. Thanks to the weather conditions, budbreak was delayed by 10-15 days even for more precocious varieties. During flowering and fruit-set, the weather was remarkably wet and cool (the lowest temperatures in the last 3-4 years). The vegetation developed well although with consistent delay through to veraison and ripening of the grapes. Intense pre-harvest selection was necessary because the weather conditions caused over-production. Lastly, the harvest began a couple of weeks later than average, when the grapes were perfectly healthy and ripe and showed a perfect balance of quantity and quality.

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 then bottled.
Alcohol : 12,5% Vol.

Historical data

Villa Antinori 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 has become very well known all over the world. In 1980, Chardonnay was added to the blend in order to obtain additional structure.

Tasting notes

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